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The "Jacks or Better" Factor in Lowering the Risk of HAI's.

How Hand Hygiene Monitoring Gets You in the Game

Well implemented technology-assisted monitoring of hand hygiene behaviors is a potential game changer in patient and resident safety but it does share one major weakness with its historic standard, secret shopper protocols. Neither is a stand-alone fix. They merely provide an assessment of current behaviors and evidence of the current patient-care culture.

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The Power of the Hospital CEO to Drive Change

Beckers Hospital Review recently published two articles that drove powerful messages with a common theme.   Imbedded in the context of “The Four Characteristics of a Strong Safety Culture”1 and “How a No-Nonsense Hospital CEO Reached the Target of Zero Infections”2, was a singular message.   To create a strong patient safety culture to reduce Nosocomial Infections, leadership must ensure certain characteristics exist in their organization.

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The Seven Sins of Observation - Are we in the Dark Ages?

A decade ago direct observation of Health Care Workers (HCW’s) by their peers became the “Gold Standard” in the health care community to benchmark hand hygiene compliance.  Although the spread of Nosocomial Infections or commonly called Health-Care Associated Infections (HAI’s) is a complex problem, it is widely accepted that up to 50% of HAI’s are transmitted through sub-standard hand hygiene compliance by HCW’s.

The question arises, “What are the drawbacks to this age-old industry standard?

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