Preventing Infection Outbreaks
is in Your Hands

 
 
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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Outdated reporting methods such as manual observation and secret shoppers have lead organizations to believe that compliance rates are 90%+, but automated tracking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, Candida Auris (C. auris), a drug-resistant fungus, increases the urgency to act fast.  

 
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Less than 1/2

the average amount healthcare providers clean their hands as often as required, according to the CDC.

 
 
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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.

 

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Hand hygiene is the #1 way to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections.

Learn more about how an electronic monitoring solution can improve patient safety and reduce costs for your organization today.

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But do healthcare facilities have the right tools in place to track and measure if hand hygiene is being performed at the most critical moments of care? The truth is, you can’t fix what you can’t measure. As outbreaks such as C. auris continue to spread, patients will increasingly demand transparency around what hospitals are doing to prevent and control potential outbreaks. Without an accurate tracking solution in place, lack of reliable data severely handicaps a hospital's ability to improve accountability and stop the spread of infections.

This critical issue presents an opportunity for change. It’s never too late to explore the innovative options available, like SwipeSense, to automatically monitor hand hygiene compliance, reducing harm for patients and impacting the overall patient experience. Not to mention reducing the cost and associated penalties associated with HAIs. These automated systems did not exist historically so we had to rely on manual methods - that is no longer the case.

 
 
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We are excited to be on the forefront of implementing electronic hand hygiene monitoring throughout our health system and this region.

Using the SwipeSense Hand Hygiene Monitoring System takes us to another level in ensuring we are following our established hand hygiene protocols so we can keep our patients safe.
— Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
 
 

 

 
 
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Transformation through Collaboration

Behavior modification is often cited as one of the biggest barriers to improving hand hygiene compliance. Clinicians and healthcare workers undoubtedly have their hands full during a shift. But the question remains, are their hands clean?

Implementing an electronic hand hygiene monitoring solution provides actionable insights that can be used to empower and create lasting change. Encouraging an organizational philosophy around how hand hygiene can cultivate a culture of safety is key, ensuring that your clinicians and hospitals workers feel motivated and accountable to improve hand hygiene compliance.

 
 
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