Global Handwashing Day draws attention to technologies’ critical role in Covid-19 and our hand hygiene practices moving forward.

Copenhagen, Denmark –  Cicor (SIX Swiss Exchange: CICN), a leading international technology company in the fields of printed circuit boards and hybrid circuits, printed electronics, microelectronics as well as EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services), based in Switzerland, has released a video in collaboration of technology partner Sani Nudge. Sani Nudge is Europe’s preferred hand hygiene technology solution.

The show of support coincides with Global Handwashing Day and the worldwide impact the technology has in reducing infections in hospitals and nursing homes. 

 The event comes at a time here in Denmark when Sygehus Lillebælt the winner of the Danish Hygiene Award presented by The Danish Council for Better Hygiene cited the use of an electronic hand hygiene surveillance system as a primary factor in the reduction of infections in their hospital.

Photo by: Charlotte Dahl, Sygehus Lillebælt

Global Handwashing Day is an annual advocacy day that serves as a reminder that handwashing with water and soap is an efficient and affordable way to prevent the spread of many diseases. The Global Handwashing Day calls for coordinated action to increase hand hygiene worldwide. Cicor Group and Sani Nudge are proud to be a part of spreading awareness about this event.

Sani Nudge CEO Theis Jensen shared his enthusiasm about the effort stating, “These times have shown us that Covid-19 is not just a challenge for healthcare organizations, but also for global supply chains. We are happy to partner with an EMS that has been able to support us in the battle against Covid-19 in hospitals around Europe. It has been comforting to know that even during challenging times they have done their utmost to ensure that we were able to supply our sensors to customers in great need for our solutions that ensured their staff were protected against the Covid-19 infection. CICOR has contributed to Sani Nudge and has thereby been able to help protect healthcare staff and patients around Europe by ensuring compliance to hand hygiene guidelines . We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with EMS that enables us to adhere to our deliveries and hence help save lives.”

More and more clinical evidence continues to support technologies impacts on hand hygiene compliance and reducing infections. A new study, Effectiveness of an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system in increasing compliance and reducing healthcare-associated infections share that improvement using electronic hand hygiene monitoring has significantly reduced hospital-acquired bloodstream infections.

Handwashing is one of the most effective and basic ways to stay healthy and prevent the spread of germs to others. Keeping hands clean can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16% and prevent millions of deaths every year.

Covid-19 is only one of several infections that we need to take seriously. By 2050, multi-resistant antibiotic bacterial resistance is expected to be the biggest threat to human survival, with Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) as a massive contributor to this. HAIs represent a significant threat to patient safety, affecting hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide (Allegranzi et al., 2011). 

Future outbreaks pose a serious risk to our population and economies. In turn,  ensuring the safety of healthcare workers is vital to overcome the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Medical facilities need resources that are not burdensome in time, such as direct observation, which is the current method for measuring compliance,  or costly regulations. Embracing technologies that can increase compliance behaviors will save lives. Hospitals need the tools to measure data to understand which patient contact situations could be risky or life-threatening.  

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