Q: Is more frequent hand washing enough to reduce transmission of pathogenic organisms?
A: ‘More often’ is good, but proper technique matters too. In order to eradicate pathogens, healthcare workers must achieve sufficient duration and vigor.
Q: Is there a difference between using soap and hand sanitizer for hand hygiene?
A: Yes, there is a difference. According to the 2009 World Health Organization Guidelines, “the method of hand hygiene to be employed must be hand washing using soap and water.” Hand sanitizer does not eradicate Clostridium difficile.
Q: Is there a connection between measuring and changing hand hygiene behavior?
A: Absolutely - seeing is believing. Specific and real-time, in-the-moment hand washing feedback provided by the FirstHand Band improves duration and vigor which are both crucial to good hand hygiene in healthcare.
Q: How does FirstHand hygiene data inform decisions by managers?
A: Our comprehensive reporting portal and summary reports provide insight into hand hygiene patterns and actionable intelligence at both the individual and the group level. With FirstHand, management can answer questions about individual staff improvement, group use patterns, training needs, and equipment maintenance (e.g. refilling).
Q: What about administration monitoring and staff privacy?
A: Staff receive their own individual daily feedback reports. Administrators can access confidential, secure reports indicating individual results and group patterns.
Q: Is the FirstHand system difficult or timely to install?
A: No - our easy-to-implement system can be installed in 30 minutes or less and is easily portable between units or departments of your organization.