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.
True to form, the Chicago NRA once again proved to not be a food safety or healthcare event. But it’s in my neighborhood and I always find something new and 2017 didn’t disappoint.
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.
This poster is a no-charge download, designed as a training aid and a daily reminder of a more professional and productive 20 second handwash. The sequence listed in step #3 converts the mindless passing of time method to a make-sense increase in friction. This change also encourages the caregiver to think of handwashing as a process based on chemistry, physics and ergonomics.
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.
For those preparing or serving food, print and post the International Clean Hands Week poster attachment (see below) to this blog as a reminder to all.
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”.
Observational, "secret shopper” monitoring doesn’t work in healthcare kitchens and yet the path from food preparation, plating and delivery to the patient or resident is lined with norovirus infection opportunities.
Handwashing in nursing home and hospital kitchens is often better in terms of compliance than that in Nursing areas. Surprised? Not surprised? How do we know? Data.
The annual ISSA meeting continues to demonstrate its leadership in surface cleanliness advances. Some high-tech options this year were in the Generate-On-Site category, including the stabilized ozone from Tersano.
'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.
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.