Hand hygiene and beyond: its influence on infection control

Hygiena International highlights how effective hand hygiene and cleanliness in a healthcare environment is only one simple test away

The implementation of effective hand hygiene in a healthcare environment is vital in order to reduce the transferal of germs. In the UK, the NHS is said to spend around £225m per year on cleaning, with 90% of that cost being on labour. In 2009 the World Health Organization launched a global campaign on hand hygiene and has subsequently shown that improving and implementing hand hygiene practices can reduce pathogen transmission on healthcare by 50%.

In England, the MRSA rate declined by 56% over a 4 year period as a result of the £120m investment in cleaning and other improvement measures. However, WHO reports that the average rate of hand hygiene compliance in healthcare personnel is still only 38.7%.

The introduction of a simple tool has seen a significant increase in cleanliness within hospital environments. The video training tool and rapid ATP measurement system not only increased the compliance level but also provided a quantifiable level of cleanliness and hand hygiene. Over a 2 year period, the pass rate for a high level of cleanliness increased from 50% to 100% and the fail rate decreased from 50% to 0%.

The tool which was developed by Hygiena International Ltd is simple and easy to use and gives you a numerical result in 15 seconds. Many users and applications testify to the benefit and value of an instant objective test for cleaning verification from infection control training and compliance of hand hygiene. Supported by NHS trusts up and down the UK, the Hygiena International products are targeting infection prevention and control and delivering results.

This ebook outlines the key benefits of the ATP measurement system and how it works in order to achieve the best possible standard of hygiene in a healthcare environment.


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