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Rub In but Rub Out the 70% Alcohol Myths

Hand sanitizers are often selected by label kill-claims and alcohol level. Those numbers conceal compelling, decision-making scientific facts, verified by some of our leading universities.

First, there is the common misstatement claiming that alcohol hand sanitizers are ineffective on norovirus, one of the leading causes of outbreaks and deaths in nursing homes. A properly formulated rub shows at least a 99% kill, hardly considered ineffective. Using other test methods and synergized formulations, a 70% alcohol level tests as high as 99.999%.

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Handwashing: The Behavior Change Reality

Intention is miles from a good habit

Our current work on electronic handwash monitoring is accentuating the path of caregiver learning from awareness on to forming new unconscious behaviors. Too often, training is seen as the singular factor in changing handwash behaviors. We train, stop and expect results. There are 7 steps and we stop after step 2 or 3.

Knowledge doesn’t change behaviors. Conviction and repeated practice are the key missing links.

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The Rub 'n Run Caregiver


High marks for speed but low on care

The often mind numbing rush of caregivers in hospitals and long-term care has eclipsed common sense when using hand sanitizers. Caregivers have adapted to the pressures to use so often by using too little too fast.

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Pathogen Zapping UV for Cleaner Surfaces Faster

Advances in UV technology are paving the path to everyday use in acute care facilities. It is being integrated with healthcare’s more traditional surface cleaning tools. Trained users remove from a patient room those fragile items that might sustain physical damage. Visible surface soils are cleaned with spray cleaners and wipes. Remaining furnishings and equipment are positioned to minimize “shadows”, those surfaces escaping the direct light-lines. The “robot” is then released for a fast and effective germ deactivation on both hard and soft surfaces.

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Hospital Chef Specs Technology To Motivate Handwashing

First to Earn Handwashing For Life's 5 Star Hand Hygiene Award

Chef Peter Fulgenzi assessed his operation’s risk for hospital acquired infections as step one of his study. He then set safe levels on both handwashing quality and frequency. His 15 handsink stations were optimized and he completed rigorous staff training along with a tightening of hiring policies. One gap persisted in his HandsOn process control system - compliance monitoring remained compromised by observation only.

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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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