Hand Washing is Serious business
One out of every 20 patients will contract an infection during their hospital admission. These infections can be serious and even life-threatening. Costing in excess of 10 billion dollars annually, up to half of these infections are preventable.
Although handwashing has proven to be the simplest and most effective way to combat this problem, compliance rarely exceeds 40 percent! The most commonly cited reason for non-compliance?
Things which are measured tend to improve. Graphic depictions of compliance are easily generated for analysis. Reports can be customized by department, shift and nurse. Conscientious nurses can be identified and rewarded for their efforts providing role models for those who are less diligent.