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Cost savings and return on investment associated with nGage

Clinical leadership of an acute-care medical center chose to implement the nGage™ system along with a multi-modal hand hygiene improvement initiative on two medical surgical units. For this initiative, the team recognized increased hand hygiene solution dispensing volume, improved hand hygiene compliance, and reduced healthcare associated infection (HAI) rates. The team wanted to accurately ...

Automated monitoring, consistent feedback and accountability improve hand hygiene outcomes

Leaders of a hospital implemented the nGage™ system in a solid organ transplant unit and a surgical oncology unit. They sought meaningful performance metrics to establish a hand hygiene adherence feedback and accountability program including active executive and unit leadership, goal-setting and an accountability campaign using individual compliance rates. Leaders also wanted to determine ...

Developing transformative leaders in healthcare

The past few years have been challenging for healthcare, but there are some passionate and innovative healthcare leaders who are transforming and improving the delivery of healthcare. Proventix has had the opportunity to work with healthcare leadership who recognize the importance of thinking outside the box and work to drive change, whether it is on one unit of a hospital or through an entire ...

WHO SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands global campaign

Each year since 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) has hosted a global hand hygiene campaign on May 5. This call to action is focused on hand hygiene at the point of care as the “entrance door” to the larger goal of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). At Proventix, we believe that hand hygiene is a keystone behavior that promotes a larger culture of quality and ...

Study shows how high hand hygiene compliance directly impacts infection rates

Currently, most hospitals isolate patients with infections such as MRSA. This practice can cost millions annually and often results in patient anxiety, depression and fewer visits by healthcare workers. A study by Virginia Commonwealth University shows that infection rates can be drastically reduced by simply increasing hand hygiene compliance, saving the hospital money and reducing the need ...

Clean Hands Matter… Engage Patients and Their Visitors in the Culture of Safety

Sustaining high levels of hand hygiene compliance has been a challenge for more than 150 years and subject to great study. In summary, we all know hand hygiene is the number 1 way to prevent the spread of infection diseases in our healthcare institutions and communities. Healthcare professionals have experienced that there is not a singular fix and most would reasonably accept that improvements ...

How to make systems work in healthcare

In today’s world, knowledge is abundant in every field, and we have vast amounts of information to make our lives easier that was unavailable just a few decades ago. This amount of knowledge has also complicated processes and systems, and healthcare is no exception. Atul Gawande, surgeon and health journalist, presented a TEDTalk in March of 2012 titled “How do we heal ...

How can stakeholders work together to reduce preventable patient deaths?

As mentioned in our previous blog, the Senate Health, Education and Labor Pensions Committee held a hearing on national efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). While hospitals continue to make progress in reducing preventable patient errors and deaths, more than 200,000 patient preventable deaths are still occurring each year in U.S. hospitals. The Patient Safety Movement ...

Are lower hospital reimbursements and penalties really the best methods for improving patient safety?

Since the 1800s, the topics of patient safety and preventing infections have been known among healthcare workers and healthcare facilities. In the 1970s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized the need for infection prevention in healthcare settings and over the years, they along with hospital regulators and inspection agencies, have increased the information and ...

Removing barriers to hand hygiene compliance

Becker’s Clinical Quality and Infection Control recently featured a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology that explored the most common barriers to hand hygiene compliance. In the study, 123 healthcare workers in a Thai hospital were observed for compliance with the World Health Organization’s “five moments” of hand hygiene. Based on direct ...