August 9, 2019Comments are off for this post.

How to convince your hospital CFO to spend money on infection prevention

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Just about every healthcare professional knows about the importance of hand hygiene compliance. Convincing the CFO of the need for a solution to increase compliance can be difficult, though. Trying to express this in CFO terms is a good start. But what else can you do to get financial approval?
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August 2, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Can you trust hand hygiene compliance rates?

If you are working with or care about hand hygiene compliance rates and patient safety, then this is a must read for you!

We all know that improving hand hygiene of healthcare workers is a crucial strategy to prevent hospital-acquired infections – the most common adverse event during medical care. Compliance rates are used to quantify the healthcare workers’ hand hygiene level. But can you trust these compliance rates?
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July 31, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Predictive staffing as a new tool to improve patient care and safety

By collecting and analyzing data on an aggregated level, it becomes possible for hospitals, staff and management to detect real-time trends in the workflow patterns of healthcare workers. This has already generated important insights into several hospitals where the Sani nudge system is installed. It helps to quantify the workload and needs of staff during the day and to avoid “blind spots” in the treatment and care of patients.
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July 26, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Reduction of hospital-acquired infections using the Sani nudge system

Figure 1: Schematic illustration of clinically relevant results
Sani nudgeTM is a comprehensive system for preventing infectious disease transmission. The system is designed to empower healthcare professionals to reach compliance goals. In this paper, we show how implementation of the Sani nudgeTM and the 5-step improvement tool has improved hand hygiene compliance by 200% and reduced hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) by up to 64%. In addition, we show the cost savings associated with improved hand hygiene and reduction in HAIs.
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May 7, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Antibiotic use in nursing facilities halved after a 2-hours course

Approx. 50% of all antibiotic use in the elderly population is prescribed due to urinary tract infections, thereby significantly increasing the risk of multi-resistant bacteria development. Thus, it is crucial to reduce the number of infections in the first place.
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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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