care professionals know the vital importance of hand hygiene in preventing the
spread of disease in health care settings. In the day to day life of most, the
simple act of washing hands can dramatically reduce the spread of bacteria in any
Every hospital has a set of hand hygiene
compliance (HHC) guidelines as set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
with the objective of reducing hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic use.
In this paper, we look at the healthcare workers’ (HCWs) knowledge of the
hygiene guidelines gathered by questionnaires and compare these results with
actual HHC measurements from an electronic hygiene system (the Sani nudge
Most of us want to get out of a hospital as soon as we have been admitted and we can all agree that the biggest reason is the risk of catching something worse than what put us in the hospital in the first place. According to the WHO, every 10th person admitted to the hospital will acquire an infection after they have been admitted to the hospital.
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.
Last month, Sani nudge was out of 147 participants, one of the 16 winners at the Nordic Venture forum Tech Tour!
We will present at the European Venture Contest (EVC) Final at 11th of December in Düsseldorf in the category Healthtech. This event offers an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses across borders and engage directly with Europe’s most active investors.
Our latest results show significant improvements in hospital hygiene processes and costs, so we can’t wait to present our revolutionary hospital hygiene system to the international audience of investors, key corporates and innovation experts.