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.
Making handwashing easier, faster and safer…makes handwashing happen!
Handsink convenience and reliability are strong contributors to handwashing compliance. Handsinks are the core of most hand hygiene stations but it's the matching of complementary components that define a best practice choice. Frequent use is the goal of the savvy architect and design consultant, focused on patient and resident safety.
Electronic faucets and touch-free dispensers add safety and savings. Quality and reliability are the silent motivators for busy caregivers to reach and sustain the safe level standards for hand hygiene. Management's "we care" attitude is reinforced with every use.
Complete hand hygiene stations with matched components are increasingly the choice by facility designers and operators looking to reduce their risks via enhanced hand hygiene. The faster the pace, the greater the need for improved functionality.
Nearly a gallon of heated water is saved with each 20 second handwash.
Handsink location will either enhance or all but eliminate handwashing compliance. It's an important decision best made by a team of caregiving users, from administration to nursing, from the entrance through the kitcchen. Check out this LTC facility for reference.
Hand Sink Selection Checklist
- Seek a supplier with established healthcare credibility.
- Select supplier that offers easy access to technical service.
- Use 304 stainless steel, shaped for enhanced strength.
- Before specifying vitreous china or stainless steel, check codes.
- Seamless construction is preferred for better hygiene and more effective cleaning/sanitizing.
- Select a deep draw, positive drain bowl for easier rinsing of the hands and faster drying of the bowl surface, eliminating a potential germ harbor.
- Consider anti-microbial surfaces or highly polished finishes.
- Tailor your selections to the needs of the location. Many designs to choose from. Specify splash guards in kitchens where cross-contamination may be a risk.
- Consider the many savings of electronic faucets.