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Using data and real-time compliance monitoring to help protect your patients and staff from infection...because some things are better off not being left to chance.
Protecting the safety of patients is a priority for all healthcare providers. The growing body of knowledge about the link between environmental contamination and HAIs reinforces concerns that are already top-of-mind for hospital executives, who ranked patient safety and quality among their list of top challenges in 2011. The challenge lies in execution. Most hospitals are lacking clear-cut, detailed guidelines on how to approach this complex and pervasive problem.
HAIs can also be devastating from both a clinical and an economic perspective, exacting a terrible toll on patients and contributing to rising healthcare costs. Unfortunately, 20% to 40% of HAIs are transmitted to patients from hospital employees, and proper hand hygiene only occurs approximately 55% of the time by hospital care providers. Studies show that each increase of 1 percentage point would save a hospital $39,000 a year. GE Healthcare’s AgileTrac Hand Hygiene platform provides the capability to accurately record, measure, and report hand-washing data throughout a patient care facility all without requiring a change in workflow.
GE’s AgileTrac™ Hand Hygiene Platform: Objective and actionable without compromising workflow. GE Healthcare’s AgileTrac Hand Hygiene platform provides the capability to accurately record, measure, and report hand-washing data throughout a patient care facility all without requiring a change in workflow.
Individual staff interactions with a hand-sanitizer dispenser are automatically captured and recorded using Real-time Location System (RTLS) technology attached to employee badges and sanitizer dispensers. AgileTrac’s Hand Hygiene platform monitors actual hand hygiene activity and compares it with identified hand hygiene opportunities to monitor compliance, thereby minimizing the guesswork and potentially missed opportunities often seen with traditional hand hygiene compliance measurement and reporting. Data is immediately and automatically transmitted via a wireless network to a data repository. AgileTrac’s Hand Hygiene monitoring system provides multiple interactive dashboards designed for a wide range of user groups to effectively monitor compliance as a hospital executive, manager/director, or even peer to peer.
These dashboard utilities and reporting tools provide detailed and comprehensive metrics, and can be used to determine the success of a facility’s hand hygiene program and identify training and educational opportunities. In addition, traceability can be seen at the system, facility, care unit, or employee level.
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There is increasing evidence that contamination of reusable medical equipment is a
key factor in the spread of HAIs. Equipment used to care for one patient and
improperly reprocessed can transmit healthcare-acquired pathogens that lead to
HAIs, creating a chain reaction that puts other patients at risk. An Infection Control Today article that summarized scientific data related to the role of environmental hygiene in the
spread of infectious pathogens included the following findings from a 2006 study:
considering the problem of patients at risk from improperly cleaned reusable
medical devices, the discussion usually focuses on the “biggest offenders” –
such as flexible endoscopes, which made the ECRI Institute’s 2012 list of Top
Ten Health Technology Hazards, and surgical tools. What may be overlooked, however, is another
group of less obvious carriers of HAI-related pathogens – devices such as IV
pumps, sequential compression devices, and telemetry units. In a typical
300-bed hospital, the clinical asset inventory
more than 5,000 devices, of which more than 95 percent are mobile medical
devices that may be receiving insufficient attention during reprocessing
worked with a number of healthcare organizations on this issue, GE Healthcare
has developed a methodology to assist providers in developing and implementing
effective policies, programs, and competencies to enable effective cleaning of
mobile medical assets that require low-level to high-level
A system for continuous monitoring of hand-washing helps a South Carolina hospital monitor compliance with its "wash in, wash out" policy for patient rooms. DOC1272076
GE's AgileTracTM hand hygiene in action at Summerville Medical Center, Summerville, SC.
A system for continuous monitoring of hand-washing helps a South Carolina hospital monitor compliance with its "wash in, wash out" policy for patient rooms. DOC1318931