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Three reasons why healthcare facilities are moving towards electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring

Posted by Allison Pearsall on Oct 6, 2017 5:12:04 PM

In a recent survey of over 300 healthcare executives and managers, only 15% said they are extremely satisfied with their current method of measuring hand hygiene compliance in their healthcare facility.

Surprising? Perhaps not, considering that, according to the CDC, hand hygiene compliance by healthcare providers is on average 50% or less. You can manage what you can measure is a variation of the old saying. Being able to accurately and easily track and measure the performance of any team is key to being able to improve performance over time.

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That’s why more and more high-performing healthcare facilities are moving toward electronic systems for monitoring, measuring and reporting hand hygiene performance. The ability to capture all hand hygiene events, rather than a small sample as usually happens with the traditional method of direct observations, can give a more complete and accurate picture of total team performance.

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The survey also identified the top three factors driving healthcare facilities to move to an electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system:

  1. Availability of proven outcomes data demonstrating a reduction in infections.
  2. Access to educational tools to educate and train staff and create a more positive patient safety culture.
  3. Affordable system cost.

What do these smart managers know? The value of the system is not just the equipment for monitoring and tracking, but actually using the data to improve performance – inspiring and empowering the total team to take their patient safety culture to new heights. Clinical data demonstrating real-world improvements in compliance rates and reductions in infections show how healthcare facilities can use this powerful tool to prevent avoidable infections, improving patient outcomes.

For more information about the latest findings of the 2017 Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Survey, contact us…

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 1 Deb USA, Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Survey, 2017. Data on file.

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings, 2017.


Topics: electronic monitoring, patient safety, hand hygiene compliance, direct observation, healthcare costs

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