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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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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™.)

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Handwashing: Overcoming The E-Monitoring Myth

Who owns healthcare handwashing?

All caregivers care. All wash their hands. Their patients or residents are important to them or they would not work in this challenging field. This doesn’t mean that they meet the standards of care each and every moment of every shift. Drifting off the path of handwashing policy happens easily because the standards are not clearly understood and become further blurred by lack of enforcement. Caregivers take comfort from the commonly overstated reporting based on the seriously flawed observational protocols.

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The Joint Commission’s New No-Nonsense Handwashing Policy

Providers pay the price for dishonest compliance reporting

Handwashing For Life® serves as an Ambassador for The Joint Commission’s Targeted Solutions Tool®. Behavior change and the shared goal of sustainable handwashing compliance brought the two organizations together. This new surveyor standard of zero-tolerance is a multiplier for measurement, in keeping with the overarching standard of Continuous Improvement. It is a call to immediate action.

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Handwash Compliance: Healthcare’s "Ugly Baby”

Healthcare providers in most cases are rightfully proud of their patient and resident care. After all they likely see their operation as a finely tuned network of policies and procedures focused on their clients' wellness. It is a human behavior to love what we create. This fosters further operational enthusiasm but can dangerously conceal important realities and diminish objectivity. This creates a condition summarized as the “ugly baby” barrier to accepting reality.