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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

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.

Set Standards for TouchReady® Surfaces

TouchReady™ Surfaces is the outcome of this system as well as its name. It starts with a risk assessment of current practices and sets a course to reach and sustain safe level standards for surfaces prioritized by their risk potential.

Operations, both large and small, are encouraged to start in the same way - gathering multi-department input and support by setting up a trial and tailoring a solution that fits the individual operational culture.

TouchReady® Surfaces

ATP ... when clean to sight and touch is not enough.

Every high-touch surface in a healthcare facility is different but important to understand in its potential role in HAI outbreaks. Each carries an unknown risk factor for contaminating the hands, bare or gloved. These hands in turn can contaminate other surfaces, hands and even enter the food served to these immune-compromized residents and patients. Grouping these touches, with the HACCP principle in mind, is a good first step - prioritizing those touches that must trigger a hand cleaning event and a specific regimen.

Monitoring of CareReady® Hands

The OurWin™ team monitoring system motivates sustainable behavior change

Foodservice teams are trained to work together in caring for the people they serve. This model wireless system provides the scoreboard for their agreed handwashing frequency. It adds the motivation of competition, professionalism and success.

Training for CareReady® Hands

Educate, Motivate & Train

Successful Long-Term Care and Acute Care depends on professionalism throughout the facility, including Resident/Patient rooms and bathrooms, kitchen/dining space, special care rooms, staff break rooms and public areas. It can be and should be a rewarding career from the entry-level worker, to the local management and owners.

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