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Economic woes cause hospitals to skimp on infection prevention – Funds and Money Required

Posted Jun 09 2009 12:17pm

Just last week I posted about a new technology that go miles for helping infection control, but again, if the money is not there to invest, where do we go from here?  Here’s what was written last week and this looks to be pretty convenient and a no brainer once set up.  BD 

Real Time Monitoring of When you Washed your Hands – Don’t Touch that Patient Until You Have Washed Your Hands

The way the system operated with the bedside monitor, the patient will see the green light too, so they will know if you have washed your hands image too.   If the green light doesn’t appear you get a reminder to stop and wash with your ID tag that will vibrate.  I can say this is better than a voice calling out.   This is a full on data trail of who and when hands have been washed.  Read below to see an example of the reporting functions.  If you missed a hand washing, it will show.   The reports can also be exported to an Excel spreadsheet too. 

It may sound a bit intrusive, but when you stop and think about it, the system can be useful in keeping everyone clean with sink duties.  If there’s a case of an MRSA breakout, well you guessed it, the reports may even help find a potential culprit who didn’t wash their hands.   Amazing how this works in the fact that it tells if your hands have the washing gel on them too, so it appears to be a hard system to cheat and it knows where you washed your hands too.  If you use gloves it will also remind you to wash after de-gloving.  Sensors are slated to last for 3 years.  Hand washing will never be the same.  BD

WASHINGTON – Hospitals are cutting staff, IT resources and education for infection prevention at a time when healthcare-associated infections are on the rise, says a new report.

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's (APIC) "2009 APIC Economic Survey" found that of the nearly 2,000 infection prevention specialists who responded, 41 percent reported reductions in budgets for infection prevention in the last 18 months due primarily to the economic downturn.

Economic woes cause hospitals to skimp on infection prevention | Healthcare IT News

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