Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent Hospital Acquired Infections, yet the typical rate of hand hygiene compliance by hospital personnel is estimated to be only 40 to 50%.
The most commonly used method to track rates of hand hygiene compliance is called direct observation. It is not only costly and time consuming; the observation itself is likely to change behavior, as people behave differently when they know they are being watched. This is known as the Hawthorne effect, which artificially inflates hand hygiene rates as the clinicians clean their hands more frequently than they normally would because they know they are being observed. Visitors are not included in the calculation, which also affects accuracy.
The unbiased data needed to make key decisions cannot be economically and reliably obtained through any other known means, proving SaniCheck® to be a unique and high value solution for health care institutions.
Rigorous field testing showed dramatic improvement in hand hygiene performance.
- Hand sanitizing compliance increased by a factor of 3x.
- Over 20,000 data points (hand sanitizing opportunities) were gathered by the SaniCheck® units each week.
- All compliance data is easily collected using a smart phone or tablet and NFC technology.
- Patterns of compliance and non-compliance were quickly established which led to refinement of signage, training programs and placement of dispensers.
- The actual volume of foot traffic into rooms was discovered to be drastically higher than estimated.
- In An Instant Touch Free dispensers provide the appropriate amount of sanitizer to comply with hand sanitizing guidelines.
Staff and visitor acceptance to the SaniCheck® system was extremely high.
- The visual and audible alerts encouraged staff and visitors to properly sanitize their hands.
How big is the problem?
In the United States alone, hospital-acquired infections afflict nearly 2 million patients annually, resulting in 99,000 deaths per year—making infections acquired by patients in hospitals more deadly than diabetes, influenza or pneumonia. Many health insurance companies no longer cover the costs of hospital-acquired infections, leaving hospitals to bear the direct expenses associated with treatment of hospital-acquired infections and associated secondary expenses.