Registered Nurses Wash Their Hands of Hospital Acquired Infection
Read About Hand Hygiene Technology Here
According to the CDC, 1 in every 20 U.S. patients contracts a Hospital-Acquired Infection each year—or, as it's known by healthcare officials—HAI. A serious problem in American healthcare facilities that range from surgical centers, ambulatory clinics, long-term care facilities and hospitals alike, HAIs cause an estimated 1.7 million infections each year and 99,000 fatalities.
Thankfully, hospitals are aware and employing high tech solutions to bring these numbers down. Companies like Biovigil have created monitoring systems that remind hospital staff to sanitize and chart high and low compliance areas.
How it works
The RN wears a badge linked to the hospital computer database; every time the nurse enters or exits a room, the badge blinks red, giving hospital staff approximately 40 seconds to sanitize their hands. Once that’s done, the RN places hands close to the badge and rubbing alcohol is detected, giving them a green light to treat the patient. Non-compliance sounds an alarm. Everything is recorded electronically, with the eventual goal of raising hand hygiene compliance into the 90th percentiles. Some hospitals have already met this goal, dropping HAIs at Miami Children’s Hospital by 66%.
Clinical Resource Manager, Debbie Bacurin, RN hopes that hand hygiene is taken seriously at every healthcare facility, saying:
“I just spent a lot of time in a hospital with a colleague – I was amazed with both the number of staff who always wash their hands and those who don’t do it enough. As an RN, I know how hard it is to enforce strict hand hygiene, but I think computer technology could help hospital staff with something many, on their own initiative, are too busy to remember to do as often as they should.”
American Traveler Staffs in Hospitals that Set New Precedents for Better Patient Outcomes
As a travel nurse at a Joint Commission certified healthcare staffing agency, chances are excellent that your RN job will be in a hospital that features successful hand hygiene technology and high compliance rates. To learn more about improving clinical outcomes for your patients, RNs are encouraged to check out this patient care link concerning HAIs, as well as the CDC’s basics on hand washing. Healthcare staff may also want to read U.S. News & World Report rankings for best hospitals in the nation.
American Traveler places patient safety and satisfaction at the top of its priority list and encourages our healthcare staff to speak up about hand hygiene compliance in their nursing jobs. Leave a comment about (hand hygiene) compliance rates in your healthcare facility, or simply share this awareness article with your peers. With increased awareness, hands can only get cleaner!