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Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor
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For Preventing Infections, Sanitizer is Still your Best Friend!

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Aug 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Lately, media coverage of articles claiming bacteria is becoming resistant to hand sanitizer has gotten quite a bit of attention in the infection prevention space. However, before we sound the alarms, it is important to look beyond just the titles of these articles and see the facts.

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Topics: hand sanitizer, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene

Tips to make it through summer safely!

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jul 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The summer is most people’s favorite time of year, the days are longer, the weather is warmer which means we spend more time outdoors and enjoying our surroundings. But with all the excitement that summer brings, it can also bring about some health risks when the temperature gets too high and the bugs emerge. Therefore it is important to be mindful of how to stay safe while spending time in the heat and during certain activities that can pose a risk to our health.

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Topics: hand hygiene, safety culture

Mind boggling facts: Why do some men avoid handwashing?

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jun 7, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Brace yourself. A study from Michigan State University reported that only 5.3 percent of men wash their hands for the CDC-recommended 15 seconds or more after using the restroom. Even worse, many neglect to wash their hands at all. In a 2005 study by the American Society for Microbiology, it was observed that only 75% of men washed their hands after using the restroom compared to 90% of women.

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Topics: handwashing

It’s In (And On) Your Hands: Save Lives this World Hand Hygiene Day

Posted by Brittany Taylor on May 2, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Each year on May 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call on healthcare facilities to promote hand hygiene and infection prevention awareness and action. Known as Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day, the celebration targets healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), infection prevention, and the key role proper hand hygiene plays in reducing their spread.

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Topics: Hand hygiene day, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands Day, May 5th

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18.

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about preventable harm in health care. As part of NPSF’s campaign they issued a Call to Action, citing patient safety as a public health crisis that requires a public health response.

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Topics: Patient Safety Awareness Week

Top 10 Healthcare Hand Hygiene Articles of 2016

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Dec 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

As the holidays come up on us and 2016 draws to a close it is time to reflect and take a look at the top hand hygiene articles in healthcare over the past 12 months.

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Topics: hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, HAIs

There's no ‘I’ in Team: Secret to Hand Hygiene Compliance Improvement

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jul 28, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In union there is strength; there is no “I” in team; no man is an island – all these are phrases you have most likely heard before. But have you ever stopped to think about the very meaningful message behind them and how they may relate to improvements in healthcare? They are actually more relevant than you think as teamwork is one of the main drivers you need to form lasting behavior change that leads to improvement. An example of this was seen at Emory Healthcare in Georgia, where they developed a care transformation model that encouraged their staff to improve teamwork and collaboration. “Once caregivers learned to function as a team, quality improvements immediately followed.” 

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Topics: Teamwork, hand hygiene compliance

Does Direct Observation still have a place in hospitals?

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Jun 9, 2016 2:31:41 PM

When it comes to measuring hand hygiene compliance direct observation is the go-to method for most hospitals. But, it is no secret that direct observation, once called “the gold standard”, is highly inaccurate and unreliable. Many studies have proven that direct observation captures only a fraction of actual events and is vastly flawed because of its link to the Hawthorne Effect and observer bias. But does this mean that we should abandon it altogether? And, with the introduction of new technology in the hand hygiene compliance market, does direct observation still have a place in hospitals? I think yes.

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Topics: direct observation

4 Ways a Better Patient Experience Could Save Hospitals Money

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

When most people think of a hospital they think of a place to go when they are sick, need treatment, to have surgery, or to visit a loved one. While all of these are definitely true, what most people don’t realize is a hospital is also a business that is always striving to find the perfect balance between meeting budgets, increasing efficiency, and providing superior patient care.

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Topics: patient safety, HAIs, cost savings

10 Things CFOs need to know about MRSA

Posted by Brittany Taylor on Mar 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

As a member of the healthcare community, you are aware of the ramifications of MRSA to not only the health of patients, but the financial impact on your facility. Obviously, it is imperative for hospital staff to do all they can to prevent a MRSA infection, but what may not be realized is how equally important it is for members of the hospital administration to support efforts of front line staff to keep these infections at bay. Evidence has shown that not only do MRSA infections affect staff, patient safety and hospital reputation, but they have a substantial financial impact on the bottom line, and potential CMS penalties in US healthcare facilities.  

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Topics: MRSA, CFO

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