How often did you hear your parents asking you: “Did you wash your hands?” I still ask my kids on almost daily basis, and I know that without my prompting they would often forego the cleansing process as they no doubt feel that they are too busy to slow down and do the right thing.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year, millions of patients around the world are affected by health care-associated infections. More than half of these infections could be prevented by caregivers properly cleaning their hands at key moments in patient care.
Tomorrow, during the World Hand Hygiene Day, we would like to encourage everyone to focus on practicing a good hand hygiene, especially in healthcare.
And although we clearly understand the importance of hand hygiene, the rapid nature of healthcare environment means that healthcare professionals are often being distracted from following proper hand washing procedures.
That’s where a real-time location system (RTLS) can help. By simply wearing an RTLS enabled staff badge, which delivers a ton of direct value to both staff and patients, these systems are able to help remind staff to follow proper hand hygiene protocol at the critical moments. This little reminder can be the difference between preventing an HAI, or causing it. Think of it in the same light as the seat belt reminder buzzer in your car that helps ensure that seatbelts are worn.
As this type of RTLS-based technology is now broadly proven, we should – as patients and healthcare workers – demand that these types of reminders are made available. Just as wearing seatbelts dramatically reduce the risk of serious injury in an auto accident, reminders issued to providers to make sure that their hands are clean will reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections. The consequences of overlooking this step in delivering care to patients is just too high.
Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the RTLS-based hand-hygiene solution and its alerting and compliance reporting capabilities.