2020, the year of the Nurse and Midwifes offers a very special day: On May 12th the world celebrates the International Day of Nursing. This date is very special to us. We will tell you why.
Anna Burger is a nurse at Heidenheim Hospital in southwest Germany. She sums up everything you need to know about May 12th in just one sentence: "Every day we are facing great challenges and great responsibility. But at the end of the day I leave the hospital with a good feeling. The feeling of having done something for my fellow men and for my own soul."
May 12th is not only the International Day of Nursing, in 2020 it also marks Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday. Nightingale laid the foundation of professional nursing and was one of the first to fight for better hygiene in cities and hospitals.
Today, Anna is one of those, working at the forefront of the daily struggle for the health of her patients. She is one of the many we would like to thank especially on the International Day of Nursing. What Anna and her colleagues are doing is a real marathon. On average, each of them runs 6.4 kilometers in a 12-hour shift. Just a number that illustrates how much energy is put into this job. And we should never take that for granted.
We stand behind 27 million caregivers
That's why we at BODE/HARTMANN work every day to provide a clean and safe working environment for Anna and her over 27 million colleagues worldwide. We work closely with nurses, hygiene professionals and physicians to support them with innovative solutions for infection prevention in hospitals. Those who experience their work on infection prevention first-hand quickly realize that heroes are at work here - and not just in times of Corona.
Time for Solidarity
The current situation undoubtedly places an immense strain on hospital staff. The short-term increase in the demand for intensive care accommodation means that infection prevention in hospitals is now particularly important. The math is simple: the more patients that need to be treated, the more often nursing staff and doctors turn to disinfectants.
Looking at the numbers in Germany, where Anna works: Before the Corona crisis, there were 28,000 intensive care beds in the country, 20,000 of them with the possibility of artificial respiration.
Since February, the number of intensive care beds has been increased to 40,000 and the number of ventilation places to 30,000.
Disinfection is an important component, along with other protective measures, in order to interrupt the infection chains within medical facilities and prevent the spread of infection from patient to patient and from patient to caregiver. We take this responsibility seriously - with our combined forces, the production of Sterillium® is running at full speed. Find out how we are helping Anna and all her colleagues behind the scenes to ensure access to infection prevention.