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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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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.

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Handwashing: “Can’t Measure? Can’t Fix!"

Dr. Landon’s Prescription On Handwashing

Dr. Emily Landon, pioneer in handwash monitoring, is the Executive Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention at the 633 bed University of Chicago Medical Center. She is Board Certified with a specialty in Infectious Disease and has a passion for saving lives through enhanced hand hygiene.

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Handwashing For Life Olympics: Battle at Waterloo

Originally published in the 11-20-17 edition of Food Safety News. Republished with permission.

Pathogens met their Waterloo as more than 400 culinary professionals staged a two day pursuit of the latest advances in nutrition and food safety. The annual campaign is sponsored by Martin Brothers, a regional distributor focused on the culinary needs of hospitals and nursing homes.

When 99.99% Isn't Enough

Hand sanitizer is everywhere these days; there are modern looking spheres in hospitals and restaurants, they come in foam and gel and, especially at Bath and Body Works, they come in a plethora of scents. Everywhere you turn there is hand sanitizer, which is usually good for killing germs and bacteria on your hands, 99.99% of germs to be exact. But that 0.01% can still get at you.

The Norovirus Threat

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The Mark Twain Solution to Embarrassingly Low Handwashing Rates

Data-driven continuous improvement for restaurants and hospitals

Hospitals have a great standard for handwashing as does FSMA. It’s Continuous Improvement. Mark Twain agrees, noting that “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.”

Healthcare Kitchens & The Joint Commission

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Verifying Caregiver Handwashing In Behavioral Health & Memory Care

No wall dispensers. No problem.

Care areas without wall-hung alcohol hand sanitizer dispensers often escape the rigors of many RTLS and standalone hand hygiene monitoring systems. BioVigil has developed a product whereby hand sanitizer can be carried in the pocket of a caregiver and hand hygiene performance and compliance will still be monitored.

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Wow! Auto-Remind Caregivers On C. Diff Handwashing

C. diff concerns led one hospital to a coaching system that automatically reminds the wearer of its badge to “wash” with the appropriate protocol.

Moving from a general population room where alcohol hand sanitizer is the standard to a C. diff room can easily result in a caregiver’s temporary lapse of memory and the inappropriate use of alcohol hand sanitizer. 

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Intensified Hand Hygiene Highlights APIC 2017

Healthcare kitchens escape measured scrutiny

Immersion into the topic of hand hygiene to reduce operational risk, filled the agenda at the 44th annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control. The suspicions of the past have now been confirmed by so many respected authorities. Data does change hand hygiene behaviors in a sustainable way.

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Handwashing's Risk-Based Behavior Change

Facing the culture trap

Handwashing behaviors are primarily driven by assessment of risk. The Administration starts near the top of this pyramid, looking first to change the behaviors of caregivers via Nursing, Quality Assurance and Training. The C-Suite representatives are disengaged as there are no handwashing compliance reports to look at. They are content that Nursing & Operations has this under a modicum of control, undeterred by their inherent bias of productivity.

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