Preventing infection spread in Iceland’s healthcare settings as data specialist’s Lýsir and sani nudge partner

Iceland’s practice of widespread and early comprehensive Covid-19 testing paired with increased technological advancements has yielded promising results, but infection reduction still remains a vital priority.

study referenced by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), shows that a 10% increase in hand hygiene compliance is associated with a 6% reduction in infections. With Icelandic authorities taking active measures to ensure that healthcare institutions can provide the best possible care to all, the private, public, and economic safety and health of society is vital. The solution is in better hand hygiene.

Poor hand hygiene in the healthcare sector is a major problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 10 patients globally will acquire a Healthcare Associated Infection.  “The European Centre for Disease Control estimates that 3.8 million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection each year in acute care hospitals in EU countries and Norway and Iceland.” Poor hand hygiene typically occurs because staff forgets to wash hands when they are busy. Hospitals that do not measure hand hygiene are acting blindly, because they do not know what the level of compliance is.

“Just like our home market Denmark, Iceland has a modern and publicly paid universal health care system with the same buying characteristics and approaches to hand hygiene and infection control.. We therefore expect to be able to replicate the success we have had improving hand hygiene compliance across Danish hospitals in Iceland,” shared Theis Jensen, CEO of sani nudge.

A national leader in smart data solutions, the Internet-of-things (IoT), and digital connectivity, Iceland based Lýsir has partnered with the inventive sani nudge, a Danish medtech company, in order to provide an inventive hand hygiene solution to Icelandic healthcare sites. The sani nudge solution is a connected system which uses the IoT sensors to encourage and improve hand hygiene compliance, sick leave, and reduce infections in hospitals. The system provides valuable data on employee hygiene habits and patient contact. This is accomplished by using a behavioral reward’s technique known as nudging.

According to sani Nudge’s own study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, only 30 percent of healthcare professionals use handwashing in situations, where it is required. At the same time, results have shown that hospitals using the sani nudge solution experience a threefold increase in staff compliance with hygiene rules.

Saninudge article mblAbout Sani nudge: Founded in Copenhagen in 2015 by Theis Jensen and Morten T. Egholm, Sani nudge is a data driven MedTech company, dedicated to working towards the mission of contributing to human health, by connecting hospitals and business with actionable insights that improve patient safety and care. The hand hygiene solution from sani nudge is currently in operation in Denmark, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, London, and now available in Iceland.  To learn more about the Hand Hygiene Solution visit saninudge.com

About Lýsir:  Lýsir is an Icelandic company at the forefront in telecommunications and data systems. Ever since its foundation in 2017, the company’s focus has been on the future. Partnering with various collaborators to develop a wide range of IoT solutions and constantly seeking new ways to save time, energy and resources, Lýsir’s mission is simple: creating tomorrow’s solutions for today’s challenges.

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