Partner up for infection prevention and patient safety
A holistic, partnership approach is key for effectively and consistently preventing the spread of infection and heightening patient safety, says GOJO Industries-Europe Managing Director Mike Sullivan.
“The implications of infection outbreaks in healthcare settings are wide-ranging – from danger to patients in already vulnerable positions, to the disruption to normal services, such as the enforced closure of hospital wards.
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for co-ordinated action in the fight against infections, particularly those displaying antimicrobial resistance (AMR). It is a complex problem affecting the whole of society, driven by many interconnected factors.
“As such, single, isolated interventions have limited impact and a joined-up effort is needed to minimise the emergence and spread of AMR. Hand and surface hygiene compliance is a cornerstone of this effort, helping to break the chain of infection and minimise the damaging impacts of superbug outbreaks.
“Combining the most advanced formulations and state-of-the-art dispensing systems with education, awareness and support is the best approach to help healthcare facilities in the fight to reduce the spread of AMR resistance.
“The best hand and surface hygiene specialists will offer a variety of customised support services from training on hand and surface hygiene best practice through to practical support with awareness raising campaign materials. Hygiene partners need to have the scientific expertise, technology and experience to work in partnership with healthcare facilities to implement effective hand and surface hygiene regimes.
“Given the importance of hand and surface hygiene in the fight against infections, the correct choice and positioning of washing and sanitising solutions around a healthcare facility should be high on the list of all healthcare and hospital facilities managers, along with appropriate signage.
Promoting healthy behaviour
“The right dispensing systems play a critical role in the promotion of healthy hand hygiene behaviour. To be truly successful, they need to combine good aesthetics, accessibility, and ease of use, while being equipped with pleasant and effective hygienically advanced formulations. Innovative technology also helps, and that’s why touch-free dispensers are proving popular. Intuitively sensing the presence of hands, they dispense just the right amount of product every time. The fact that they are touch-free also increases their hygiene rating.
“Factory-sealed refills for soaps and sanitisers can also help in the fight against infection. The product inside is protected from contamination as it is sealed at the point of manufacture. This means that the soap or sanitiser is never open to the environment and so cross contamination from the air or other sources is prevented.
“The efficacy of soap and sanitiser formulations is, of course, another crucial issue. Suppliers should be able to prove the effectiveness of their soaps or sanitisers against germs through independent scientific testing. Formulations that have been tested and passed in accordance with key hospital norms EN 1500, EN 14476 and EN 12791, provide assurance that they are safe for use in healthcare locations.
“Hospital-grade product efficacy is only part of the solution in helping improve patient outcomes. The high frequency with which many healthcare workers use hygienic hand rub means that it is imperative that formulations are accessible throughout a facility, as well as gentle on the skin. Having a range of hand washing and sanitising options located throughout a healthcare facility can help boost hand hygiene behaviours in healthcare staff, who already make this part of their daily lives, and – more crucially – visitors and patients.
“Unfortunately, while more than 80 per cent of illnesses can be transmitted by the hands , research shows that 25 per cent of people don’t wash their hands after using the washroom , while 46 per cent don’t wash long enough to be effective . These startling facts highlight a need for education and awareness on why, when, and how visitors and patients should clean their hands.
“Notices and posters at key germ hotspots, such as the washroom and waiting areas, are a good start when it comes to improving hand hygiene behaviours. Eye-catching signage, posters, and other visual displays can be effective. Good hand hygiene companies can offer sound advice on the most effective approaches, and provide materials, based on their knowledge and market insight.
“The message is clear: effective hand and surface hygiene training and support are of paramount importance to achieving consistent, effective outcomes. Healthcare managers looking for an effective infection prevention and control partner should seek out experienced teams and trusted brands that are committed to supporting the goals of the healthcare industry to prevent the spread of infection.
GOJO highlights at IPS 2017
At the 2017 Infection Prevention Society (IPS) annual conference, which 18 to 20 September in Manchester, GOJO Industries-Europe is highlighting how a partnership approach can effectively and consistently prevent the spread of infections and heighten patient safety. Visit GOJO on Stand 30 to find out about support services on offer, including:
– Training: innovative, targeted training across healthcare sectors covering the WHO Five Moments for Hand Hygiene concept; product, procedure and skincare training;
– Behaviour: GOJO Healthcare signage, leaflets, and handouts for staff, patients, and visitors; skincare advice, product usage guidance; skin monitoring.
– Support: Annual or quarterly business/support plans implemented with key teams; product samples; study day support; link nurse forums; support for global healthcare initiatives; hand hygiene and Five Moment compliance audits and observations.
– Implementation: Dedicated Installation Manager; experienced and reputable installation engineers; site survey service; dispensers, accessories, and signage supplied and installed free of charge; installation management process with service-level agreement.
– Technology: SMARTLINK Solutions activity monitoring system; dedicated SMARTLINK project manager; SMARTLINK OBV: enhance observation tool; SMARTLINK Service Alerts.
As a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Private Organisations for Patient Safety group, GOJO Industries-Europe is a strong advocate of the comprehensive approach to making hand hygiene second nature to everyone in a healthcare setting. GOJO continues to be at the forefront of research to develop products and systems that make lives better and protect patient safety.
Please visit us on stand 30
For further information visit www.gojo.com