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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

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.

CareReady® Hands

Working together propels team success. Members are selected for their specific strength in achieving the team goal. When reducing HAIs is the goal, it make sense to align the best players with the best components in a winning game plan, a winning cross-functional process.

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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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