Overview

How safe is your hospital, really?

It pays to show your patients how much you care.

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.


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Hand Hygiene

How safe is your hospital, really?

Did your staff wash their hands?  A shocking 20-40% of HAIs are transmitted to patients from hospital employees

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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Calculate Your Cost Risk

Assessing your facility's risk from infection

HAND HYGIENE & MRSA-RELATED COSTS
Discharges per Year
ESTIMATED RATE & COST OF MRSA EVENTS
  % of
Discharges
  # of
Events
  Hospital Cost
per Event
 
MRSA
     
If you could increase Hand
Hygiene compliance by:

  %
Then your MRSA
reduction would be:

%
    Events Prevented   Total Savings  
  MRSA    
ESTIMATED COST SAVINGS
1-Year   5-Year Present Value
 
The figures and calculations herein are estimates made for informational purposes only, and are based on GE Healthcare's prior experiences with its clients. The potential opportunities estimated in this tool are not intended to be a commitment, guaranty, or warranty from GE Healthcare. As each hospital is unique, your facility may have other costs, capacities, or other variables that may not be reflected herein. For a more detailed assessment of the potential for your particular facility, please contact your GE Healthcare representative. GE Healthcare accepts no liability for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided in this tool.

Equipment Cleaning

Mobile medical assets and the spread of HAIs

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:

  • Gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria can survive for months on dry surfaces. This includes such pathogens as VRE, MRSA, Streptococcus pyogenes, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Shigella spp.
  • Viruses from the gastrointestinal tract, such as astrovirus, HAV, poliovirus or rotavirus, can persist on hard surfaces for approximately two months.
  • The study concluded that without regular preventive surface disinfection, the most common nosocomial pathogens may be a continuous source of transmission.

Time to look beyond the usual suspects

When 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 comprises more than 5,000 devices, of which more than 95 percent are mobile medical devices that may be receiving insufficient attention during reprocessing initiatives.

Having 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 disinfection.

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