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Handwash Compliance: Healthcare’s "Ugly Baby”

Healthcare providers in most cases are rightfully proud of their patient and resident care. After all they likely see their operation as a finely tuned network of policies and procedures focused on their clients' wellness. It is a human behavior to love what we create. This fosters further operational enthusiasm but can dangerously conceal important realities and diminish objectivity. This creates a condition summarized as the “ugly baby” barrier to accepting reality.

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Handwashing: “Can’t Measure? Can’t Fix!"

Dr. Landon’s Prescription On Handwashing

Dr. Emily Landon, pioneer in handwash monitoring, is the Executive Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention at the 633 bed University of Chicago Medical Center. She is Board Certified with a specialty in Infectious Disease and has a passion for saving lives through enhanced hand hygiene.

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Handwashing For Life Olympics: Battle at Waterloo

Originally published in the 11-20-17 edition of Food Safety News. Republished with permission.

Pathogens met their Waterloo as more than 400 culinary professionals staged a two day pursuit of the latest advances in nutrition and food safety. The annual campaign is sponsored by Martin Brothers, a regional distributor focused on the culinary needs of hospitals and nursing homes.

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International Clean Hands Week

Please join this annual campaign, sponsored by the CDC facilitated Clean Hands Coalition.  Raise awareness of the dangers of poor hand hygiene. Check out a variety of ideas to improve the away-from-home wellness factor in everyone's life.

Clean hands are the cure to the spread of colds, the flu and those illnesses acquired in our schools, offices, restaurants, nursing homes and hospitals. 

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Verifying Caregiver Handwashing In Behavioral Health & Memory Care

No wall dispensers. No problem.

Care areas without wall-hung alcohol hand sanitizer dispensers often escape the rigors of many RTLS and standalone hand hygiene monitoring systems. BioVigil has developed a product whereby hand sanitizer can be carried in the pocket of a caregiver and hand hygiene performance and compliance will still be monitored.

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Wow! Auto-Remind Caregivers On C. Diff Handwashing

C. diff concerns led one hospital to a coaching system that automatically reminds the wearer of its badge to “wash” with the appropriate protocol.

Moving from a general population room where alcohol hand sanitizer is the standard to a C. diff room can easily result in a caregiver’s temporary lapse of memory and the inappropriate use of alcohol hand sanitizer. 

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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 choose one or both these options.

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