From the DebMed UK Blog...
As disruptive technology continues to grow, Healthcare facilities are considering the use of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems as part of their infection prevention protocols.
Learning something new can be tough but having to learn on the fly, while providing care for a sick patient can be stressful. This is an unfortunate situation that nurses across North America face every day.
Former President Bill Clinton once said “…the risk of doing the same old thing is far higher than the cost of change.”
Nothing is truer than when it comes to infection prevention. And as advocates for proper hand hygiene, we know all too well that change is needed. While International Infection Prevention Week and other similar awareness events do a fine job at sharpening the focus on the critical need for change, we know that the work needed to be done to create the necessary change will continue on long after IIPW 2014 comes to a close tomorrow.
As a physician, technology geek and mother, I find it perplexing that one area of healthcare that has not yet been penetrated by electronic devices is hand hygiene. Especially today, when it seems every few months a new virus is being combatted such as the enterovirus, currently spreading in schools. Not to mention the recent Ebola virus threat.
Topics: IIPW, hand hygiene, 5 Moments, infection prevention, technology, WHO, electronic monitoring, International Infection Prevention Week, clean hands, healthcare-associated infections, electronic devices, compliance, WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, World Health Organization
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