Driving Hand Hygiene Compliance in Healthcare Facilities

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Hand hygiene plays a major role in preventing the transmission of infectious disease in healthcare Hand Sanitizers facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.7 million HAI’s (Healthcare Associated Infections) are acquired during an average 3 day stay at a healthcare facility each year in the United States. In a healthcare setting, contaminated environmental surfaces i.e., “Touch Points” such as door handles, bed rails, chair arms and restroom faucets are targets for retaining drug-resistant bacteria. With compliance among healthcare workers below 40%, enforcing proper hand hygiene is the key in preventing the spread of infection.

Through studies conducted in some of the nation’s leading health systems and hospitals by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare (JCCTH), specific breakdowns in hand Hand San Dispensershygiene compliance were diagnosed. Some of issues uncovered were:

  1. Dispensers were not standardized or visible to healthcare workers, patients or visitors
  2. Dispensers were not filled with skin cleansers or sanitizers on a regular basis
  3. Hand washing cleansers/sanitizers caused irritation and dryness
  4. If dispensers and sinks were not conveniently located, a healthcare worker would not go around a corner to look for a dispensing system to sanitize or wash their hands
  5. Lack of time cited by healthcare workers to wash their hands between patients
  6. Overcrowding and understaffing in healthcare facilities
  7. Lack of training to healthcare workers on the correct techniques and times on how to wash and sanitize their hands

Keep in mind, dispenser placement needs to be inside and outside every patient room, staging
area and nursing station, consistent with the workflow pattern of a healthcare worker.  Dispensers should be placed in the following areas:

  • Intensive Care Units (ICU)
  • Emergency Rooms
  • Operating Rooms
  • Dialysis/Cancer Centers
  • Endoscopy/GI Areas
  • Isolation Rooms
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Rehabilitation Areas
  • Visitor’s Entrances/Hallways
  • Restrooms/Shower Areas
  • Cafeterias/Kitchen Preparation/Dining Areas

Remember … Providing easy access to dispensing systems and training healthcare workers on proper hand hygiene protocols will make a difference in hand hygiene compliance programs, satisfy the safety and health concerns of patients, staff and visitors, and reduce HAI’s in healthcare facilities.

Krysten Comperchio is a Product Manager for Skin Care and Education at the Betco Corporation. During her spare time, Krysten enjoys running, cycling and keeping up on current events. Click here to contact Krysten directly. 

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