To increase safety, reduce avoidable harm and eliminate unnecessary costs at hospitals nationwide by leading the change in hand hygiene measurement policy and guidelines at accreditation organizations, government agencies, health insurers and hospitals.
- Researchers from South Carolina reported that electronic hand hygiene monitoring based on WHO’s My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene led to a significant decrease in health care-associated MRSA infections. “There are very few studies connecting hand hygiene with patient outcomes, and we were able to show a direct correlation between …Continue Reading
- Paul Alper, BA Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means, “First, do no harm.” It is a precept taught to healthcare students around the world and paraphrased in the Hippocratic Oath. Unfortunately, a vast amount of avoidable harm still takes place in healthcare settings worldwide. The good news …Continue Reading
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Why are SMART Hand Hygiene Systems Important?
It is proven that Hand Hygiene Compliance (HHC) rates are typically overstated by up to 300% – that means if your compliance is 90% with Direct Observation (DO), you’re more likely to be closer to 30%. And without knowing that your real compliance is this low you have no sense of urgency to
“Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.” – W. Edwards Deming
Until recently, it was impossible to capture and provide feedback on 100% of hand hygiene behavior 24/7/365 on every shift, every day. But now, with the advent of SMART Hand Hygiene Compliance Systems (Systems that Measure Accurately and in Real Time) it is possible to have accurate and reliable data on 100% of hand hygiene events, free of the Hawthorne Effect, and in a cost effective manner.
“If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” – Dr. H. James Harrington
Here is evidence why SMART Hand Hygiene Systems are more accurate and reliable than Direct Observation:
Compliance was measured three ways on the same patient population for 15 months at a 750+ bed Greenville, SC teaching hospital – Direct Observation (DO), Video Monitoring (with patient consent) and electronically using a SMART Hand Hygiene Compliance (HHC) System. The video monitoring and SMART HHC System rates were statistically equivalent for the final 12 months of the study with DO overstating compliance by an average of 33%. This study proved the accuracy and reliability of an electronic monitoring system and proved the Hawthorne Effect really does produce overstated and unreliable HHC rates. (Study published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (ARIC), June 2013; accepted for presentation at the International Consortium on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) 2013, Geneva, Switzerland.)
For more real world results achieved by facilities using SMART Hand Hygiene Compliance Systems click here.
(All real world studies are available upon request.)