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Assumicide

Risks rise as immune systems fall

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”.

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A New Handwash to Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day

The SaniTwice® protocol is a special friend of bedridden patients

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.

Patient Safety Awareness Week Pearl!

Authored by Dr. Will Sawyer - Founder, Henry the Hand Foundation

1 in 4 seniors have superbugs on their hands after a hospital stay

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.

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Hospitals: 99,000 & Long-Term Care: 380,000

This headline is the CDC estimate of deaths caused by Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI). They are rarely added. The math is easy, 479,000. The solution apparently is not.

When 100 people acquire a norovirus infection it makes front page news yet 479,000 annual HAI deaths goes by unnoticed. Here is another way to look at the scope of this issue.

USA overall annual deaths:

  1. Cancer 580,350
  2. Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) 479,000
  3. Heart Disease 380,000
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Innovation In Nursing Home Handwashing

Funding Enhanced Handwashing

The funding step for enhanced hand hygiene proposals fill the waste baskets and shredding machines of USA nursing homes. Everyone agrees on the need, no one pulls out the checkbook.

Catriona O’Connor, the Proprietor and Director of Care for a nursing home in Ireland has an answer that deserves a look. She simply ranks all her care programs on the basis of risk and takes the money from less risky elements. Her's is a person-centered P&L.

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Handwashing: "Not Observed"

Health department inspectors feed operator complacency

Handwashing is respected by most all caregivers to some degree, whether in the kitchens, patient areas or resident rooms. Lip service is at 100% while compliance is more likely around 25%-40%.

Check out this report sent our way from a Canadian experience that we believe may be widespread but unreported in the USA. We know of the common practice to check the handsinks for residual traces of water as an indicator of handwashing and deserving of a checked “yes” box in some jurisdictions.

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