Preventing Infection Outbreaks
is in Your Hands
A Guide to Reducing Harm and Eliminating Waste in Healthcare
A Hygiene Epidemic
The correlation between hand hygiene and infection rates in hospitals and nursing homes is well documented and widely accepted. At the same time, compliance rates among clinicians and other hospital employees is alarmingly low. In fact, the CDC reports that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times required. This performance is not intentional, but rather a function of manual systems, time constraints, and emergent situations.
Manual observation and secret shoppers have lead organizations to believe that compliance rates are 90%+, but automated tracking reveals percentages closer to 30-40%
Outdated reporting methods such as manual observation and secret shoppers have lead organizations to believe that compliance rates are 90%+, but automated tracking reveals percentages closer to 30-40%, creating risk for infection outbreaks. Because of traditional tracking methods, this critical issue tends to fly under the radar, stunting the ability for organizations to create a culture around hand hygiene compliance.
Hospital leaders across the country recognize an urgent need to close this compliance gap as the occurrence of common, preventable hospital acquired infections (HAIs), such as C. diff, MRSA, CAUTI, and CLABSI increases. In addition, emergent outbreaks, including the most recent to make headlines, coronavirus, and last year’s Candida Auris (C. auris), increase the urgency to act fast.
Understanding the Stakes
In today’s complex healthcare landscape, leaders are regularly choosing between endless executive priorities, particularly when it comes to adopting new technologies. While competing priorities around innovation, operational efficiency, and transformation are important to help meet the changing expectations of patients today, creating a safe and trusted environment should always rise to the top. But with 1.7 million hospital acquired infections (HAIs) reported each year and nearly 100,000 related deaths, it’s fair to say hand hygiene compliance is resulting in an epidemic.
This startling data not only indicates a threat to patient safety, but also for healthcare institutions seeking to gain or maintain Joint Commission accreditation.
Did you know?
As of January 1, 2018, any observation by surveyors of individual failure to perform hand hygiene in the process of direct patient care will be cited as a deficiency resulting in a Requirement for Improvement.
Hand hygiene is the #1 way to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections.
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