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Handwashing's 6th Moment

A trail of risk on the final phase from farm to fork

More than a single moment, consider the patient protection value of the collective handwashes from the kitchen to the bed tray. Handwashing For Life Healthcare considers all those washes as one, the 6th Moment™, a reminder that all the patient room precautions can be nullified by a missed handwash along the route.

Consider a new patient. Now that he or she is resting comfortably, it’s time to finalize dietary requirements or implement the pre-agreed plan. In other words, let’s get cooking!

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Caring for Caring Hands

The plight of the over-washed under-cleaned hand

Caregivers value clean hands in their mission to help heal the vulnerable patients and residents they serve. Nurse Assistants may free their hands of microbes 50 -100+ times per day with well over half during their 8 hour shift. Stripping hands of pathogens with soap simultaneously strips the skin of oils which must be protected to avoid the stinging pain associated with very dry skin.

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"Clean Hands. Save Lives."

Unchanged behavior from Chicago to Sierra Leone.

"Clean Hands. Save Lives." is the mantra of the CDC fostered Clean Hands Coalition, who today are joining the World Health Organization and Handwashing For Life Healthcare to celebrate World Health Day. The day started with a very informative webinar, "Healing Hands" sponsored by the Global Public-Private Partnership For Handwashing. 

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Handwash Monitoring Wins NSF Leadership Award

Peter J. Fulgenzi, left, Executive Chef, Indiana University Health – North and Saxony Hospitals is presented the Food Safety Leadership award by Ronald Klein, Program Director, Association of Food and Drug Officials and NSF Leadership Program juror. The presentation took place at the 2015 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore.
 

Chef Peter Fulgenzi awarded for innovative process-control

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Assessing the CDC HAI Death Rate

Budgets vs. Leadership

Handwashing For Life Healthcare remains reeling as it looks closer at the CDC summaries of the annual fatalities caused by infections acquired in healthcare facilities. When answers are identified, there will likely be investment required. Early adopters of best practice solutions may reap benefits by strengthening their brand values.

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Deadly Math

Driving better hand hygiene

Illinois, at about 4% of the US population, is expecting to close out the year with traffic deaths around a heartbreaking 975. Now, add the 99,000 acute care annual HAI fatalities with the 380,000 in long-term care, both CDC numbers, and multiply by 4%. That is 19,160 estimated HAI deaths in Illinois hospitals and nursing homes this year. In recent research we conducted with healthcare nursing, they estimated that “80% of HAI fatalities could be prevented with a timely hand wash.”

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New Handwash Compliance Monitoring Unveiled

Nursing home administrators react

Nursing home administrators were introduced to new technology to take handwash monitoring well beyond the limitations of observation. It all happened as part of the INHAA agenda in Springfield, Illinois. Handwashing For Life demonstrated a system called SmartLink™ by GOJO Industries as part of their presentation on practices to lower nursing home acquired infection rates.

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