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is a critical profession because it touches on human lives. As aresult, those tasked with offering medical care should rely on provenfacts instead of opinions. Evidence-based practice means that nursesand other health providers will use research-proven assessments andtreatment methods in their day to day care and service delivery.According to a journal article written by Mathur, (2011 pg. 1) properhand hygiene performed by doctors, nurses, and other staff memberscan reduce the number of infections among the patients and thus helpsto cut down health related costs.

Diseasecausing micro-organisms are found everywhere in the environment. As aresult, ensuring proper hygiene by medical staff and patients iscritical when it comes to the management of common diseases andinfections. Research recommends that when an individual is washinghis or her hands, they should remove jewelry and use running water torinse their hands. Burton et al. (2011. Pg 99 suggests that washinghands with soap is more effective and is recommended than using wateronly. Hand rubs can also be used to decontaminate hands thus reducingthe risk of possible contamination. One should also dry his or herhands with a single towel. If one is using antiseptics, he or sheshould apply adequate amounts and comply with hand washing protocolsas is stipulated in the SOP’s.

References

Burton,M., Cobb, E., Donachie, P., Judah, G., Curtis, V., &amp Schmidt, W.P. (2011). The effect of handwashing with water or soap on bacterialcontamination of hands.&nbspInternationaljournal of environmental research and public health,&nbsp8(1),97-104.

Mathur,P. (2011). Hand hygiene: back to the basics of infection control.&nbspTheIndian journal of medical research,&nbsp134(5),611. Available athttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249958/

Responseto student # 2

Iagree with you that through efficient use of evidence-based practice,it is possible to prevent the progression of ulcers. It is alsoevident ambulation is proven to help in the management of ulcers.Studies show that ambulation could help improve walking competence(Tsaih, P. L., Shih &amp Hu, 2012. Pg. 620). However, as you haveindicated, this should always be done several times, at least every 2hours. Just to add to what you have written, Pashikanti and Von(2012. Pg 81) without proper mobilization, an individual is capableof losing up to to 5% muscle mass on a daily basis.

References

Tsaih,P. L., Shih, Y. L., &amp Hu, M. H. (2012). Low-intensitytask-oriented exercise for ambulation-challenged residents inlong-term care facilities: a randomized, controlled trial.&nbspAmericanJournal of Physical Medicine &amp Rehabilitation,&nbsp91(7),616-624.

Pashikanti,L., &amp Von Ah, D. (2012). The impact of early mobilizationprotocol on the medical-surgical inpatient population: an integratedreview of the literature. ClinicalNurse Specialist,&nbsp26(2),87-94.