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479,000 die each year in healthcare facilities from infections they acquire from their caregivers.
99,000 in hospitals / 380,000 in nursing homes/long-term care*

Overcoming Underwashing

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Handwashing Innovator Speaks Out on COVID-19

Dr. Emily Landon, the infectious disease doctor at the University of Chicago Medical Center, has spent most of the last decade improving hospital handwashing using data to motivate staff. [Link] Here she clearly explains Social Distancing and its critical nature in slowing the COVID-19 cases to a level that can be managed with available hospital beds and equipment as well as supplies.

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Pre-Coronavirus Handwashing Investments Pay Off

Handwashing transparency valued by Millennials

Those foodservice operators who invested in handwash monitoring because of Norovirus concerns now add another, even more topical and contagious virus to their hit-list, Coronavirus. While these pathogens have many technical differences the two viruses share the property of living on hands and surfaces for a day or more.

Coronavirus joins Noro, the Common Cold and the Flu, making viruses the dominant pathogen type driving staff and student absenteeism.

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Myth #3: Tight budgets eliminate investment in new handwash monitoring technology.

Infection Budgeting

Add facts to ignite a patient priority for electronic handwash monitoring

Tight budgets are perhaps the easiest way to avoid change and hide behind a culture of the status quo. Facing the budget process with evidence is a game changer. Facts driven by electronic handwashing monitoring can convert the budget hawks into allies for continuous, measured improvement. The budget becomes their vehicle to justify and deliver a new level of patient safety via increased handwashing compliance.

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Myth #2: Electronic monitoring raises handwashing compliance but doesn’t lower HAIs.

Infection Evidence Confirms Value Of Frequent Caregiver Handwashing

Electronic monitoring drives handwashing up and HAIs down

Recent caregiver research provides the previously missing evidence between increased handwashing and decreased patient infections.

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Myth #1: 479,000 Annual HAI Deaths Will Persist As Our Cultural Norm

Complacency paralyzes progress in hospitals & nursing homes

The combined annual death rate from Healthcare Acquired Infections, Acute Care and Long-Term Care (LTC), adds up to 479,000. This disaster, a daily disaster, illustrates the Normalcy Bias where improbability blocks reality and reason.

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Pathogen Pathway Pictorials for Healthcare C-Suites

Handwashing becomes the backstop for the surface contamination in nursing homes

Dr. Kelly Reynolds, University of Arizona researcher, shares her experience in long-term care where the homelike environment challenges staff to keep pace with surface cleanliness standards. She finds that busy C-Suite decision makers appreciate converting complicated research studies into pictures.

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Pairing Electronic Faucets with E-Monitoring Handwash Systems

Synergies pay off between water & new process control technologies

Water is obviously a key element of a good handwash, especially in the era of controlling the spread of C. diff. As in most everything else, some manufacturers have invested more than others, in this case to serve up the wash-ready water with utmost speed, reliability, safety, savings and with easy-access operational data.

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The Why Of Healthcare's Unwashed Hands

Would the owner of the problem please step forward

APIC 2018 provided the venue to check in with caregivers as to why handwashing compliance numbers continue to fall short of a safe level. (The research was sponsored by Chicago Faucets, creators of the best-in-class HyTronic™ faucet with its integrated hand-held data gathering device, Commander™.)