Rubs are chastised for their ineffectiveness on norovirus yet research has identified one that proves the critics wrong. Formulation and process matters. Where the threat level of norovirus rises, caregivers may choose one or both these options.
True to form, the Chicago NRA once again proved to not be a food safety or healthcare event. But it’s in my neighborhood and I always find something new and 2017 didn’t disappoint.
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.
Too many healthcare risk managers are basing today's risks on yesterday’s threats.
Missed hand washes have new and costly consequences yet equipping caregivers with electronically assisted compliance systems is dangerously unhurried. Observational monitoring techniques are too expensive to reach statistical significance. Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring, EHHM, compliments direct observation with its electronic, 24/7, “eyes”.
Handwashing in nursing home and hospital kitchens is often better in terms of compliance than that in Nursing areas. Surprised? Not surprised? How do we know? Data.
The annual ISSA meeting continues to demonstrate its leadership in surface cleanliness advances. Some high-tech options this year were in the Generate-On-Site category, including the stabilized ozone from Tersano.
'Tis the season to be . . . washing your hands!
Great Britain uses a colorful name to describe norovirus as it went technically unclassified for years but its effects were well known, particularly in nursing homes. The "winter vomiting disease” takes its toll every year in a pattern now confirmed in this CDC slide.
First developed for the military, this two step, cleanse-sanitize, protocol has found many applications in water-scarce situations beyond the deserts of the Middle East where is was first deployed. The latest “desert” is the bed of the bedridden patient. SaniTwice provides an uncompromisingly effective hand wash by using the hand sanitizer as a wash agent followed by a vigorous drying with a single-use paper towel. A followup application of the sanitizer according to label instructions kills remaining pathogens.
I thought it appropriate to share the impact of poor hand hygiene resulting in HAIs, in hospitals. And a brief inclusion of other non-HAI Hand Hygiene issues in every community; Norovirus, seasonal respiratory infections, epidemics (pertussis, mumps, measles, etc.), Lead ingestion, Foodborne infections and many more.