March 2, 2019Comments are off for this post.

If an orangutan can why can’t paramedics?

I received two different news in my inbox today: A positive and a negative one. The positive story was about an orangutan in Borneo was recently filmed performing hand hygiene in the middle of the jungle. Basically orangutans are starting to imitate humans’ hygiene behaviour. In contrast, the second news in my inbox stated that the healthcare workers, who are supposed to help us when we need it the most, have stopped cleaning their hands. I found it kind of ironic and gave me food for thought. 

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February 25, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Would you rather have 100% compliance with subjective data or 80% compliance with objective data?

If the law of diminishing returns applies to hand hygiene, is achieving 100% compliance always worth the cost? Do you think there is a point at which the returns are less than the time or money invested in increasing hand hygiene compliance?

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February 22, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Yes, the lack of handwashing does kill people.

Actually it kills more than 100,000 people in the US every single year.

A lot of attention has been produced around the announcement by Pete Hegseth the host of Fox & Friends that he has not washed his hands for ten years because “germs are not a real thing – I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real”. What might be a better question to ask has been expressed in an article on The Guardian website, which asked “What would be on your hands if you hadn’t washed them for 10 years?”

The report by Paula Cocozza, appropriately focuses on the way that restorative specialists are not inspired. That likely could be a critical modest representation of the truth.

By way of example, Ms Cocozza quotes Professor Val Curtis of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who listed E coli, norovirus and salmonella as being germs that “hitchhike on hands”.

“Hands are the most important vector of infectious diseases” she added.

This is not an etiquette issue

The most telling opinion in the article comes from Professor Curtis, who is quoted as saying

“It is antisocial not to wash hands… It puts other people at risk of sickness.” This is not an etiquette issue, she says.  “This is a moral issue.”

The World Health Organization in it’s Global HandwashingDay campaiginformation document, quotes Dr Edward Kelley, Director, Service Delivery and Safety, WHO as saying,

“Health care-associated infection is such a big problem, we need to focus the world on something that is truly actionable and can save many, many lives. This action is hand hygiene, a flagship element of WHO’s patient safety work.”

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February 6, 2019Comments are off for this post.

The importance of using the right type of data.

Before we dig into the data that will show you the importance of why it matters what data you use when improving your hospitals hand hygiene compliance, we need to look at hand hygiene from a bigger perspective.

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January 31, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Study reveal: Smileys improve hand hygiene in hospitals

A Sani Sensor seen improving hand hygiene compliance.

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) are a growing global concern and a burden on healthcare systems worldwide. In Europe alone, 4 million HAI’s occur each year and in about 30 percent of all cases, the hands of healthcare workers are the main source of the infections.

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November 11, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Annual conference of the Danish Society for Central Sterilization and Hospitals hygiene

On november 8th, Sani nudge attended the annual meeting of the Danish Society for Hospital Hygiene and Sterile Supply. Interesting presentations and panel discussions provided us with new knowledge and great insights!

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November 7, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Is it time to rethink hand hygiene monitoring?

In collaboration with Aarhus Universitets Hospital and Bispebjerg Hospital, Sani nudge has published a report on the current status of hand hygiene monitoring in hospitals and how improvements can be made by using a new monitoring system.

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November 3, 2018Comments are off for this post.

New article on Videnskab highlights the importance of Sani nudge’s solution

Can Big data help prevent antibiotic resistance? Danish Videnskab.dk (Science.dk) has written an article about how our data can help prevent one of the most life-threatening events of our century. It shows why we do what we do at Sani nudge!

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September 19, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Experts agree: increased hygiene compliance starts with good measurements

During Denmark’s national hygiene week, experts on DR (Danmarks Radio) discussed how we can avoid these infections and how Sani nudge can play a crucial role.

They agreed that we first need to know what we are up against before we can lower the severe number of infections in our hospitals. More than 4 million patients in European hospitals have to deal with a hospital-acquired infection every single year. It is the most common complication in a hospital setting.We simply cannot improve hand hygiene in hospitals if we do not know how good hand hygiene compliance actually is!

Listen to the radio discussion here (only in Danish).

September 5, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Direct Observation: the harm of invalid data

Fool’s gold: something that you think will be very pleasant or successful but is not. Direct observation is no longer the gold standard in hand hygiene performance monitoring. Instead, it rather is the “Fool’s Gold” standard.

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