Whitepapers

Hand Hygiene Products and Their Effect on Skin Condition at High Compliance: The Need for Better Product Formulations
Changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid payment policies has resulted in an intensified focus on reducing healthcare-associated infections, including increasing hand hygiene compliance. Hand hygiene is the most important measure for preventing transmission of pathogens, but as compliance increases, skin health can decrease. Soap is usually the culprit, and changing practice to primarily use hand sanitizer can help significantly, but only up to a point. Current formulations may not adequately address skin health needs that arise in very high compliance environments. There is a need to develop products that adequately address skin health needs in these situations.

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Hand Hygiene in Clinical Settings: A Primer on Hand Hygiene Regimens and Their Effect on Skin Condition
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have long cited hand hygiene as the primary means to reduce HAI and published studies demonstrate that healthcare facilities that have successfully increased hand hygiene compliance have seen a simultaneous decrease in healthcare-associated infections. Yet, hand hygiene compliance rates remain unacceptably low.

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How Today's Intuitive, State-of-the-Art Hand Hygiene Technology Fits The Evolving Hospital Environment
GOJO Industries assembled a panel of thought leaders and experts in Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) and infection control. They were invited to participate in a webinar called How Today’s Intuitive, State-of-the-Art Hand Hygiene Technology Fits the Evolving Hospital Environment. The goal of the webinar was to evaluate the ways RTLS technology has evolved through the years to support the high-performance culture of today’s hospitals, as well as how these systems can drive down costs and enhance patient safety and satisfaction.

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Hand Hygiene and Skin Damage: Eliminating the concept that alcohol-based handrubs are more damaging than handwashing
Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures to prevent the spread and acquisition of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Hand hygiene is a critical component to infection control programs and considered a standard of care by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. This article will dispel this concept by summarizing the scientific studies that have demonstrated the effects of hand hygiene regimens on skin conditioning.

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Hand Hygiene Compliance Measurement
Discuss the background on hand hygiene observation, the current “Gold Standard” and learn about how the new Technology-Enabled Observation of Electronic Compliance Monitoring, along with products and clinical interventions, work synergistically to create a hand hygiene program with the ultimate goal of sustained improvement in hand hygiene.

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Alcohol-Based Handrubs: Understanding the Variables That Drive Antimicrobial Efficacy
Alcohol-based handrubs are complex formulations, balancing antimicrobial efficacy with product aesthetics and skin performance to ensure healthcare worker acceptance and use. Results from in vivo Healthcare Personnel Handwash (HCPHW, ASTM E1174) studies show that product formulation and product application volume, not alcohol concentration or product form are key determinants of the in vivo antimicrobial efficacy of ABHR. Therefore, critical examination of HCPHW data along with the quantity of product applied to hands in the test should be conducted when comparing antimicrobial efficacy of products.

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Patient Hand Hygiene a Forgotten Part of Infection Prevention
Hand hygiene, which includes patients, is acknowledged as one of the most important measures for preventing transmission of pathogens in healthcare facilities.

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