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Handwashing Innovator Speaks Out on COVID-19

Dr. Emily Landon, the infectious disease doctor at the University of Chicago Medical Center, has spent most of the last decade improving hospital handwashing using data to motivate staff. [Link] Here she clearly explains Social Distancing and its critical nature in slowing the COVID-19 cases to a level that can be managed with available hospital beds and equipment as well as supplies.

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Pre-Coronavirus Handwashing Investments Pay Off

Handwashing transparency valued by Millennials

Those foodservice operators who invested in handwash monitoring because of Norovirus concerns now add another, even more topical and contagious virus to their hit-list, Coronavirus. While these pathogens have many technical differences the two viruses share the property of living on hands and surfaces for a day or more.

Coronavirus joins Noro, the Common Cold and the Flu, making viruses the dominant pathogen type driving staff and student absenteeism.

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Coronavirus: The Good News

Eclipsed by Coronavirus media exaggerations and unforgivable politicalization, are the benefits of the public’s emerging better behaviors regarding hand cleanliness. The legacy of the Coronavirus outbreak in the USA is likely to be that it saved more lives than those lost to Covid-19.

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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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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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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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