Resurgent believes that good skin hygiene only occurs where there is good skin health. Contact dermatitis is ranked as a top concern for healthcare workers and is one of the factors contributing to poor hand hygiene practice. This condition can include redness, inflammation, extreme dryness, and chapping often caused by frequent handwashing or sanitizing with damaging and caustic chemicals and detergents.
The harmful effects to hands can result in decreases in hand hygiene compliance across the board. Even more worrisome, excessive dryness of hands can cause skin lesions, which promote the growth of bacteria, or excessive skin dryness — which presents the risk of higher bacterial colonization. In turn, HAIs are spread more rapidly throughout the healthcare system. It’s a frightening, but all too common, cycle.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers, though a necessary part of the infection prevention process, are known to have irritating effects on the skin. Alcohol hand rubs work by stripping the outer layers of the skin, thus destroying the germs present on the skin. Overuse will inevitably cause dry and abraded hands and effect skin health.
A combination of handwashing with antimicrobial agents and application of alcohol-based sanitizers is recommended by most governing bodies and infection control experts, including the CDC. Automating the hand hygiene process with Resurgent’s automated handwashing stations eases the negative effects of excessive manual scrubbing and overuse of alcohol agents and actually improves skin health by not stripping the skin of the good flora.
WHY RESURGENT SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS?
Resurgent’s specially-formulated hand wash solutions are effective and gentle on the skin, containing mild skin conditioning agents that promote skin health.
CleanTech systems do not require abrasive scrubbing of the skin, and the handwash cycle is reduced to only 12 seconds with the use of our systems – which also provides a massage-like handwash experience through the use of 20 high-pressure water jets in rotating cylinders. CleanTech systems provide less irritation and, therefore, more frequent handwashing compliance.
A Guide for Improving Practices among Health Care Workers:
World Health Organization Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Healthcare
Improving hospital-wide hygiene compliance and reducing HAIs is Resurgent’s commitment to patient safety and to protecting healthcare workers from the dangers of infection.
Resurgent’s systems offer the first fully-automated, touchless method available for mechanical handwashing for the prevention of healthcare acquired infections. Resurgent increases compliance by making the hygiene process quick, pleasant and convenient to perform.
The system’s automation boosts hand hygiene effectiveness by ensuring uniform handwashing technique and consistent efficacy every time the system is used. It is also the only system that provides a powerful tool for compliance measurement through automated monitoring and reporting of handwashing events.
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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.