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.
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?
“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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.