Making a change in an established routine isn’t easy, especially when it comes to breaking a bad habit. In the world of healthcare, hand hygiene is essential to patient safety, and yet healthcare organizations struggle with compliance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. The CDC also reports that about one in 25 patients acquires a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) during their hospital stay.
With the kickoff of International Infection Prevention Week, and this year’s theme of “Protecting Patients Everywhere,” it’s important to take a closer look at how healthcare organizations can improve hand hygiene performance by not only educating their staff, but committing to a cultural change.
Establishing a New Hand Hygiene Culture
Healthcare workers strive to do the right thing and avoid harming patients. However, without a positive hand hygiene culture, compliance remains low and puts patient health at risk. While each day varies, healthcare professionals quickly establish certain routines, including how often they wash their hands throughout the day. Based on the World Health Organization’s “5 Moments,” healthcare professionals should wash their hands:
DebMed’s Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance System takes a different approach to hand hygiene compliance, measuring total team performance based on WHO 5 Moments for hand hygiene (not just room entry and exit) and supporting a blame-free just culture of collaboration, as recommended by AHRQ. This cost-effective solution offers near real-time data that provides true compliance rates and can inspire lasting behavior change.
To learn more about how you can create lasting hand hygiene improvements and drive culture change at YOUR hospital, make sure to sign up for our upcoming webinar on Thursday, Nov. 1, with key infection prevention thought leader – Connie Steed. In addition to discussing ways to improve hand hygiene compliance and inspire culture change, Steed will share insights on using the electronic monitoring system and the benefits of reporting results to staff. This webinar is filling up and we suggest that you act fast to reserve your virtual "seat".
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