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479,000 die each year in healthcare facilities from infections they acquire from their caregivers.
99,000 in hospitals / 380,000 in nursing homes/long-term care*

Overcoming Underwashing

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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

Verification

Cleaned or not? A simple marking with an invisible ultra-violet ink, monitored with a uv disclosure light, provides the supervisor with data to reward success or discipline under achievement.

Rapid Detection

Rapid measurement technology can reduce hand-contamination by providing instant feedback on surface cleaning effectiveness. Cleaner surfaces promote cleaner hands and patient or resident wellness. Rapid feedback to staff defines success and stimulates training.

Standards

Two standards are required for handwashing, one for the quality and a second for the likely frequency to maintain hands CareReady®. An assessment of current practices is a good place to involve management and caregiver representatives from nursing, culinary and housekeeping.

TouchReady® Surfaces

Surfaces harbor pathogens. High-touch surface cleanliness is a critical patient-centered wellness factor. These surfaces must be identified and matched up with effective but user-friendly protocols. They must be cleaned often by everybody, not just housekeeping.

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