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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

Paper Towel

Wins in Effectiveness & Speed

Paper towels, single-use paper towels, are the clear Best Practice for hand drying in the fast paced professional environment of healthcare. Paper is both effective and fast, the two critical elements of choice.

Handsinks

Convenience and cleanliness are mission-critical in handwashing compliance. Effective reliable equipment and supplies are major components as is the overall cleanliness of the hand hygiene station. These matched measures motivate frequent use and lower the risk of outbreaks.

Facility Design

CareReady® Hands and TouchReady® Surfaces are outcomes of the professional facility design. From the icons on the drawing board to the menu board, resident, patient and staff safety are built in via choices that set conditions for success.

Nail Brush

Breaking the Fecal-Hand-Oral Chain with “The Doubler” Nail Brush

The best implement to wash a hand is the other hand. Brushless hand washing is the standard. However, there are limitations. In the case of handwashing, the use of a nail brush in select situations is often essential for effective cleaning.

Hand Soap

Effective hand soap > more frequent handwashing > less risk of illness

Liquid or Foam

Well formulated hand soaps, liquid and foam, provide both effective cleaning and an incentive to wash frequently.

Standards

Handwash Risk Assessment - Quality vs. Frequency

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 all caregivers. 

Monitoring of TouchReady® Surfaces

In caregiving, as in most endeavors, what gets measured gets done. Regular feedback motivates both staff and management. The team is, we are, meeting expectations. If not, variations from the norm are swiftly corrected and the risk of HAI outbreaks is kept very low. The business and its jobs are secure. The public's perception of quality in both the place and the people creates an image of professionalism, keeping rates of occupancy at profitable levels.

Training for TouchReady® Surfaces

Education and motivation are again key components in training staff on keeping those surfaces TouchReady™ and avoiding unnecessary contamination. They must understand the why, the when, the how and the how frequently in order to maintain the required intensity, day in and day out.

It is critically important for staff to realize that cleaning of surfaces must go well beyond clean to sight and touch. If surface cleaning is in any way trivialized, don't expect training to change problem behaviors. Visualize and personalize.

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