Paul Alper, Chairman of the Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Organization (EHCO) and Vice President Patient Safety Strategy at DebMed to present “Driving Sustainable Change in Hand Hygiene — The Problem We Only THINK We Solved — Challenging The Status Quo and Gold Standard”
A program that shows others if nurses and doctors haven’t washed hands is helping to reduce infections and illnesses.
Healthcare related spread of infection is a big concern to hospitals and clinics all over the world.
Now, Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge has implemented new technology aimed at curbing the spread of such infections.
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 increased compliance rates and a reduction in hospital-onset MRSA infections,” J. William Kelly, MD, infectious disease specialist at Greenville Health System and principal investigator of the study, told Infectious Disease News.
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 is that a new technology can provide a solution to a decades-old challenge to patient safety professionals: how to accurately and reliably monitor hand hygiene—the simplest and most effective way to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI).
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