Improving Hand Hygiene Requires a Multi-Modal Approach

As hospitals reopen services, patients are seeking assurances the facility has made their well-being a priority from the moment they walk in the door.

Studies show patients feel safer knowing that their healthcare providers’ hand hygiene is being monitored.1 Hand Hygiene (HH) is a simple task performed in a complex environment. It is one of the most foundational aspects of patient safety that spans across all hierarchies and disciplines and there is much room for improvement in virtually every healthcare organization. The gold standard metric for measuring compliance has been direct observation (DO). However, less than 1% of all HH opportunities are captured.

Monitoring hand hygiene performance and providing personnel with feedback on their performance are essential elements of successful improvement programs. Recognizing that unit leadership and frontline healthcare workers (HCW) are closest to the patient – who better to speak up and provide the immediate reminders when hand hygiene opportunities are missed? To this end, many hospitals also have their infection preventionists or other hand hygiene team members serve as coaches, or just-in-time (JIT) coaches, who stop HCW when they observe a missed opportunity and have a conversation about contributing factors for noncompliance and provide education on hand hygiene protocols. While extremely valuable, this coaching occurs sporadically and often exclusively during dayshift, not on off-shifts and weekends. Considering the many opportunities for hand hygiene, the current system simply isn’t providing HCW with what they need to make hand hygiene a ritual, automatic behavior-– consistent immediate feedback.

Unit-led-just-in-time-coaching may very well be the key to providing consistent (24/7), nonpunitive, on-the-spot feedback when hand hygiene noncompliance is observed. Real-time identification of hand hygiene misses along with direct individual accountability have been shown to improve compliance.2,3 As hospitals seek to maximize resources, it is critical to find efficiencies that save time and reduce waste without detracting from patient care. Electronic compliance monitoring (ECM) systems provide the resources to track, monitor, and develop data-driven solutions. ECMs track soap and sanitizer dispenser activations (events) and room entries and exits (opportunities) to provide real-time performance metrics on staff, patients and visitors and captures data 24/7. The purpose of any ECM is to collect data about hand hygiene events and provide feedback to staff so that they can use it to change and improve their practices. Understanding how the ECM system works and having trust in the validity of the data generated is critical for staff buy-in and behavior change.

By Megan J. DiGiorgio and Lori Moore
Published August 12, 2020

Astonishing growth in Hand Hygiene Monitoring Market Business Opportunities and Global Industry Analysis by 2026 – Top Companies Halma plc, Yamabiko Corporation, BioVigil Healthcare Systems, Inc., Deb Group Ltd., GOJO Industries, Inc

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Europe (the UK, Germany, France, and Rest of Europe)
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Latin America (Brazil and Rest of Latin America)
Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, the UAE, South Africa, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

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Published: July 12, 2020

Physical distancing and good hand hygiene: Australian flu cases drop by more than 99%

There were only 208 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza nationwide last month – compared to 30,567 at the same time in 2019.
The major disparity follows a trend that has seen a massive decrease in cases since social distancing measures were implemented across Australia in response to the coronavirus.

In the first two months of 2020, Australia was on track to surpass its record-breaking start to 2019, before cases essentially halved in March compared with the same time last year. This was followed by an even more dramatic 98% drop in April, when only 307 laboratory-confirmed cases were recorded compared to 18,691 in the corresponding period in 2019.

Dr Kerry Hancock, Chair of the RACGP Specific Interests Respiratory Medicine network, told newsGP she was ‘incredibly surprised’ by the results and described the fall in cases as ‘dramatic’.

‘We’re seeing now in the influenza statistics the impact that [good hygiene and social distancing] can have in reducing transmission,’ she said.

‘It just tells us the value of physically distancing, good hand hygiene, avoiding mass gatherings [when sick], cough etiquette and being aware of all those other strategies to avoid the transmission of infectious diseases.

‘Maybe it’s not the way we want to spend our lives – not being able to attend concerts and the movies and gather in crowds – but it certainly shows that we can make a difference by at least implementing some of these strategies [in the longer term].

‘Once again, Australia can be really proud of the fact that we’ve done what we’ve been told to do with regard to COVID-19.’

The drop in laboratory-confirmed flu cases is matched by data in the FluTracking surveillance system, which uses crowd-sourced information from upwards of 70,000 people each week who report whether or not they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The most recent report, from the week ending 31 May, found flu-like illness activity in Australia is ‘historically low’, with only 0.38% of respondents having a fever and cough. It also shows almost identical rates of flu-like symptoms between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not.

Dr Evan Ackermann, past Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee – Quality Care (REC–QC), told newsGP the trend seems to support findings from the Cochrane Reviews, which stress the importance of good hygiene in limiting the spread of influenza.

‘We always used to say it but now people are living it,’ he said.

‘People in public places are not only washing their hands, but they’re quarantining when sick, and many are using a face mask when in public. It really is something that I hope is going to lead to some long-term behavioural change.

‘The vaccine doesn’t last that long – it produces an immunological response but that wanes over time. What these figures suggest is that these non-drug interventions do work.’

Dr Ackermann also said it is an important reminder to educate patients on the value of hygiene when it comes to protecting themselves against viral infection.

‘For the majority of the population, improved personal hygiene options are more likely to be effective than just receiving a flu vaccine,’ he said.

‘This has important implications in how we advise and educate our patients. The evidence suggests promoting other measures may be more beneficial among low-risk populations.’

By Matt Woodley
Published 05 Jun 2020

Global Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% over the Forecast Period, Owing to Growing Popularity of Digital Solutions, says Absolute Markets Insights

Hand Hygiene monitoring system market is witnessing lucrative growth opportunities and is driven by the new age technological solutions. The digital age has revolutionized the conventional practices of Hygiene. New age solutions such Internet of Things (IoT), cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and others have facilitated real time monitoring and controlling the Hygiene compliance of healthcare facilities, and other governmental and non-governmental facilities. The automatic and electronically operated hand Hygiene monitoring devices have enabled in overcoming the drawbacks associated with conventional systems such as inaccurate monitoring and wastage of resources in terms of time and labour, and combined the advantages of digital technologies such as IoT and cloud to further enhance the operability of these solutions. Companies including Logi-Tag Systems, manufacturer of IoT based solutions, has introduced RFID based platform for tracking and monitoring assets and ensure staff hand Hygiene. In other such instances, companies such as 9Solutions and AiRISTA Flow have launched SaaS solutions for hand Hygiene monitoring. Owing to the rise in patients with infectious diseases such as COVID-19, these solutions with cutting-edge digital technologies have assisted in complying with Hygiene standards and thus propelling the growth of global hand Hygiene monitoring system market.

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Another such technology which has potential future applications in hand Hygiene monitoring systems is Artificial Intelligence (AI). The AI technology not only has possible implications in enhancing the effectiveness of hand Hygiene compliance systems but also to analyse the data obtained from these systems. Leading global universities, including Stanford University are researching on intelligent hand Hygiene monitoring systems in partnership with healthcare providers. This research focuses on dispenser usage detection, physical space analytics and privacy safe assessment. Under this research, researchers are using information obtained from cameras to build computer algorithms to track hand Hygiene activities. Meanwhile, Wobot Intelligence, an Indian provider of AI powered video analytics, has developed AI based Hygiene tracking solution. The solution from the company assists hospitals, commercial offices, hospitality providers and others to use their CCTV cameras along with a plug and play software to track hand-wash activity. Introduction of such solutions with a broader scope of end users and ease of use is anticipated to boost the growth of global hand Hygiene monitoring system market exponentially over forecast years.

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In terms of revenue, global hand Hygiene monitoring system market was valued at US$ 3850.6 Mn in 2018 and is anticipated to reach US$ 9701.9 Mn in 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.8% over the forecast period. The study analyses the market in terms of revenue across all the major regions, which have been bifurcated into countries.

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Key Findings of the Report:

The global hand Hygiene monitoring system market was valued at US$ 3850.6 Mn in 2018 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.8% over the forecast period owing to digital solutions such as IoT, AI and others.
Hospitals held the maximum share in the global hand Hygiene monitoring system market in 2018 owing to mandatory compliance of regulatory guidelines.

Hardware Devices accounted for largest share in the global hand Hygiene monitoring system market in 2018 owing to rise in demand from hospitals and hospitality providers amongst others.
North America held the highest market share in global hand Hygiene monitoring system market in 2018. Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period owing to the expanding medical infrastructure.
Some of the players operating in the hand Hygiene monitoring system market are CenTrak, Proventix, Ecolab, BioVigil Healthcare Systems, Inc., STANLEY Healthcare, Midmark Corporation, HandGiene Corp, Deb Group and GOJO Industries, Inc. amongst others.

Global Hand Hygiene Monitoring System Market:

By End User
• Hospitals
• Health Clinics
• Ambulatory Surgery Centers
• Dialysis Centers
• Hospitality
• Veterinary
• Others

By Type
• Devices: Portable, Wall Mounted
• Software Solution & Services

By Region
• North America: U.S, Canada, Mexico, Rest of North America
• Europe: France, The UK, Spain, Germany, Italy. Nordic Countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway. Benelux Union: Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg. Rest of Europe
• Asia Pacific: China, Japan, India, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea. Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Rest of Southeast Asia.  Rest of Asia Pacific
• Middle East and Africa: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Kuwait, South Africa, Rest of Middle East & Africa
• Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Rest of Latin America

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