Kickoff a Hand Hygiene Revolution with “Clean Your Hands Day”

 
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Move beyond the pen and paper methodology of the World Health Organization (WHO)

 

While many of us know May 5th as the day to find your perfect margarita, those in healthcare know it’s Clean Your Hands Day, an effort by the World Health Organization (WHO) to make hand hygiene a focal point for quality in hospitals.

We took this opportunity to analyze our data from the last 12 months to share how our system is helping hospitals break out of the status quo and establish personal accountability and data transparency for hand hygiene compliance:

  • Over 20 million hand hygiene events (soap or sanitizer) recorded in the last 12 months that otherwise would have gone unreported.
  • More than 9,000 caregivers are wearing a SwipeSense badge every week to track all compliance opportunities without disruption to their workflow.
  • Prevention of up to 13 HAIs per day in hospitals where the SwipeSense system is in place.

According to WHO, tens of millions of patients around the world are affected by hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). They experience prolonged hospital stays, exponentially higher care costs, and some even lose their life - an unnecessary outcome that can be prevented by the simple act of hand washing.

Hospitals also bear the brunt of HAIs through reimbursement penalties, higher costs for longer stays & treatment, and public image problems that can have a long-lasting hit to their profitability and reputation within the community.

While WHO has materials to help hospitals improve their compliance programs, it still promotes pen and paper monitoring which is a) unreliable, b) labor-intensive, and c) not scalable.

 

Technology Automates Your Hand Hygiene Monitoring

Our mission is to help hospitals save more lives by providing seamless technology that allows caregivers to remain focused on their primary purpose: patient care. While we wish every hospital was using an electronic hand hygiene system, we also recognize that moving to a fully automated system is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s why we recently acquired iScrub Lite, the leading, free mobile application for hand hygiene observation designed to simplify the time-consuming and error-prone process of recording hand hygiene observations and sharing the results.

Relying on pen and paper during direct observation is known to fall short in many regards, so it is imperative that electronic tools are readily available for hospitals around the world. iScrub Lite supports this initiative by allowing hospital staff to easily capture compliance data, free of transcription errors.
— Yuri Malina, co-founder and vice president of product, SwipeSense
 

Even if you are in the early stages of your automation journey, using a digital tool like iScrub is a great first step towards saving your organization time and money when it comes to practicing good hand hygiene.  

If you’re ready to drive real change in your hospital and feel inspired by Clean Your Hands Day, contact us to learn more about our system!