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.
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.
Rutger's food safety risk authority, Dr. Don Schaffner, reacts to the approximation strategy in opening the door to a risk-based sustainable handwashing process:
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.
CareReady® Hands is the outcome of this system as well as its name. CareReady starts with a risk assessment of current practices and sets a course to reach and sustain safe level standards powered by a sequence of optimizing the facility aspects, motivation-infused training and monitoring beyond observation. CareReady Hands is an internally agreed written standard considering the at-risk population, the applied-science limitations, process control and ownership's tolerance of risk.
The HandsOn™ System establishes risk-based standards and process control to reduce Healthcare Associated Infections, HAIs. Managers get the tools to assess their risk and implement sustainable solutions in protecting residents, patients, staff and visitors.
The Five Structured Steps to Sustainable Solutions
Measure twice. Cut once. Is valuable advice for someone about to cut a precious piece of wood. What about a caregiver about to enter a patient's room? Are you ready to work the plan? A quick mental scan is a momentary plan review about to go operational.
As children we were taught to shout the phrase “Stranger, Danger!” to alert those around us of unfamiliar people in our surroundings. As a means of infection control, perhaps we should yell “Stranger, Danger” when visitors enter our healthcare facilities.
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.