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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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Norovirus in Healthcare

Don’t disregard a hand sanitizer that works

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 chose one or both these options.

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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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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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Ready for Norovirus

'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.

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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.

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