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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Understanding Hand Hygiene Compliance In Healthcare Environments

In the UK today, the threat of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s) is alarming, with approximately 300,000[1] patients contracting an illness whilst being treated in healthcare premises. That accounts for a cost of around £1 billion (GBP) to an already financially strained National Health Services (NHS). It has also been revealed that patients are remaining in the hospital an extra 3.6 million days a year in the UK due to these infections[2]; meaning healthcare professionals have less time to focus on new admittances.

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Topics: Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, Healthcare-Associated Infections

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

This year the WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign on May 5th focuses on:

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Topics: Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Antimicrobial resistance, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Hand Hygiene Needs its Golden Arches

The WHO's SAVE LIVES, Clean Your Hands May 5th campaign is coming up fast.  This year's focus is not only on hand hygiene but also its role in combating antibiotic resistance.  It’s a time to raise awareness, discuss and come up with solutions.  So we asked ourselves this question:

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Topics: Improve Hand Hygiene, Antimicrobial resistance, Hand Hygiene Communication, May 5th, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, Handwashing promotion

This May 5th, Double Your Celebrations To Make A Meaningful Impact

Most of us know at least one person in our lives whose birthday falls on another special day, such as New Year’s, Canada Day, Halloween, and of course, Christmas.  For these lucky individuals, there are two opportunities for revelries as they mark the day of their birth as well as a traditionally known day of joy.  For those of us within the close circle of that individual, we also get to share in the multiple festivities.

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Topics: Antimicrobial resistance, VRE, KPC, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th

The Butterfly Effect of Hand Hygiene on Antibiotic Resistance

Ever heard of the Butterfly Effect? It’s a phenomenon conceptualized by the late MIT professor, Edward Lorenz, in which small, seemingly insignificant events such as the flapping of the wings of a butterfly can lead to dramatic differences in the larger context; in this case, a tornado thousands of miles away.  The goal of Lorenz’s work was to point out the fragile nature of weather forecasting in a chaotic world but his analogy has become a staple in many different realms, including infection control.

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Topics: Antimicrobial resistance, C. diff., Butterfly Effect, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, CDC

Hospitals Not Adopting All Hand Hygiene Best Practices

More than 400 healthcare professionals from across the United States participated in a recent survey that looked at the methods used to gather hand hygiene data, the reliability of that data and the commitment of healthcare facilities to improving hand hygiene. The survey reinforced the sentiment that healthcare professionals are committed to reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but also uncovered that they are not employing the methods that they believe reflect best practices.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring, Hand hygiene monitoring, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, DebMed, WHO 5 Moments

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