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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

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.

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.

Optimize for CareReady® Hands

Risk-based handwashing protocols are infinite

How long to wash? Soap or rub? Added friction? Once or twice? Bimodal? Choices must be made in order to train, gain process control, motivate staff and protect patients/residents. Your units from patient rooms and nursing stations to the kitchen are likely not a one-size-fits-all when it comes time to specify your products and protocols of choice.

Assess The Risk Of Underwashed Hands

The Healthcare Circles of Success Workshop

“Outbreaks cost us in credibility and cash. Let’s reset our handwashing.”

This executive call to action moved Handwashing For Life Healthcare to develop a cross-functional framework for the self-assessment of the risk ascribed to compromised hand hygiene in long-term and acute care facilities. The Circles of Success workshop is designed for executives, those with a depth of experience but in divergent disciplines, to collaboratively agree their current risk level and chart a course of continuous improvement.

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