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Healthcare - Associated Infections

A Persistent Threat to Health, Safety & Efficiency

Healthcare - Associated Infections (HAIs) remain a persistent threat for patient safety, hospital reputation and the risk of financial repercussions and penalties.

A lack of hand hygiene compliance by healthcare staff continues to be a significant contributor to the spread of pathogens, resulting in HAIs. Implementing best practice makes a significant difference in increasing compliance and reducing HAIs.

  • Universal standard – Follow the “5-Moments for Hand Hygiene” Guidelines, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for a higher standard of hand hygiene behavior in hospitals.
  • Monitor and feedback – Provide meaningful and actionable feedback for hospital staff to lead to a positive and sustainable change in hand hygiene behavior.
  • Skin Health – Integrate skin care with hand hygiene to improve the skin health of hospital staff and reduce barriers to hand hygiene compliance.

HAI Prevalence

The traditional method of direct observation is proven to be flawed and unreliable for measuring hand hygiene, inflating compliance rates by 300%.1

According to the CDC, WHO, and Joint Commission, real hand hygiene compliance lies at less than 50% in most hospitals.2

The condition of healthcare staff's hands can be a significant barrier to hand hygiene compliance.

HAI Impact

The overall average direct cost of an HAI is up to $22,000.

 

In 2015, more than 750 hospitals received HAI penalties totaling $364 million.
 

Approximately one in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAI on any given day.3

1 Srigley, J. A., et. al. (2014, July 7). Quantification of the Hawthorne effect in hand hygiene compliance monitoring using an electronic monitoring system: A retrospective cohort study. BMJ Quality and Safety, 1-7.  2 Joint Commision 2015.  3 https://www.cdc.gov/hai/surveillance/