At any given time, more than one million patients throughout the world are suffering from healthcare associated infections. The total number of cases is rising, and millions of people are affected each year. In the United States alone , 200 to 300 patients die each day as a result of HAIs.
According to the CDC, “Hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent infections.” However, hand hygiene compliance across the healthcare spectrum is estimated at only 30%.
And the problem, the danger, is getting worse with anti-microbial and anti-biotic resistant pathogens increasing and infections becoming more difficult to treat.
A number of factors contribute to low hand hygiene compliance among HCWs: lack of time, failure to understand the risks and dangers of HAIs, and fear of skin damage and irritation.
Due to the increasingly high rate of hospital acquired infections throughout the United States healthcare system, the majority of state governments have either mandated or are in the process of mandating public reporting of HAIs. APIC, the CDC, and the Consumers Union continue to push for legislation that will help reduce the risk of acquiring a nosocomial infection during hospital stays.
Legislation varies by state, but generally either mandates the public reporting of infection rates of mandates reporting to state government. Much of the legislation also requires hospitals to initiate total infection control and handwashing compliance systems for staff.
You can search for state-based HAI prevention activities using the CDC’s map tool. Please follow this link to learn more.
We have been using the Meritech Cleantech handwasher since 2010 in our pharmacy prior to entry into our IV room. Our staff find if fast and soothing leaving the skin soft and smooth. This device has improved our hand washing practices in the pharmacy.
Michael Dieker R.Ph., C.G.P. - Lee’s Summit Medical Center
I would like to take time to tell you how delighted we are with our two CleanTech automated handwashing machines. The first one we have had nearly a year and a half on our step-down unit. It is placed in a central location so that everyone, nurses, doctors, therapists, housekeeping, etc. can take advantage of it. Since installation of the machine there has been 10,146 washes recorded on the counter. Our second machine was recently installed on the Burn ICU and the staff there is just as delighted as their peers on the step-down unit. We require all visitors to wash their hands before they visit their loved ones so this machine will get plenty of use from them as well as all the healthcare personnel. To date there are 3169 washes recorded on that counter. I would gladly recommend this machine to anyone and show it off to any groups that come to visit our unit.
Claretta Gamble, RN, MSN - Head Nurse, The Burn Center at Washington Hospital Center
I was compelled to take this opportunity to write you and commend you on such a fine product, the CleanTech automated hand cleansing system. As one of the institutions in which the prototype was piloted, we can attest to the transformation from such to near-perfection. It meets and exceeds our patient care needs, in terms of reducing the spread of infection, and requires virtually no maintenance.
Eddie Rickenbacker - Principal Administrative Assoc.Intensive Care Units, Harlem Hospital Center
The system has increased compliance with handwashing for visitors. It is so quick and easy. We don’t have the issues with people not scrubbing in for the full time like we did before.