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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. Good hand hygiene starts in the planning of the facility and finishes in a cycle of continuous improvement. Handwashing For Life’s Integrated Solution is structured to develop, implement and sustain the CareReady®Hands standard.

Build, Plan & Equip

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.

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. 

Supplies

Gloves

Proper use of quality, single-use gloves significantly lowers the risk of cross-contamination, provided they are changed regularly. Gloves deliver an added level of protection and provide a visual cue to patients and residents that the establishment cares about their well being.

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.

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.

Operate

Operate

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.

Monitor