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Pediatría Atención Primaria

versión impresa ISSN 1139-7632

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LACASA MASERI, S. et al. Hand washing: a met recommendation?. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.55, pp.e19-e22. ISSN 1139-7632.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1139-76322012000400007.

Objective: to determine the incidence of hand washing in parents as a preventive factor in the spread of viral respiratory infections in children under two years assigned to an urban pediatric basic health area affected by catarrhal symptoms during the influenza vaccination campaign. Material and methods: from 230 children under two years included in the basic health area attending the Well Child program, 51 consulted during the influenza vaccination campaign (October 2011) by catarrhal symptoms. Results: fifty-one children were included, 23 male and 28 female. From the clinical point of view, 33 cases were afebrile and only 18 had fever, runny nose 100%. The clinic diagnosis in 44 cases was nasopharyngitis, acute bronchitis in 5 cases and obstructive bronchiolitis in 2 cases. No family history in 19, however 32 cases had a family member with catarrhal symptoms. As for the performance of hand washing as a preventive measure, 34 cases said they did not comply with this measure, only 17 cases did, despite the recommendations. Conclusions: while recognizing the importance of hand washing as a preventive measure for respiratory infections and being included among the recommendations offered in the well child program, only 33% of the population of our study reported washing hands. This recommendation should also be included in consultations on demand during the influenza season to encourage compliance.

Palabras clave : Prevention; Respiratory tract infection; Handwashing; Infection control.

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