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Taking Hand Hygiene High-Tech

Make Every Day Handwashing DayThe Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in the United Kingdom was recently featured in an article published by Becker’s Hospital Review.  

A portion of the article titled, ‘Taking Hand Hygiene High-Tech‘ can be seen below.  » Continue reading

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TeleTracking Named Best Product for Workplace Improvement

Building Better Healthcare TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. has been named the 2014 “Best Product for Improving Working Practices” by the British healthcare publication, Building Better Healthcare.

Each year the publication recognized leaders who are advancing the delivery of healthcare in various ways.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Operational Efficiency, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

Operational Visibility: Second Line of Defense Against Infection

Patient sitting aloneNow more than ever, U.S hospitals need a second line of defense against the spread of infection.

Before Ebola became a household word in the U.S., we knew the spread of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) was a major problem. Progress has been made.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control

Make Every Day Handwashing Day

Make Every Day Handwashing DayOur mothers always reminded us to wash our hands because of a simple truth that’s known around the world: handwashing helps prevent the spread of disease.

This October 15th – “Global Handwashing Day” – is a great time to take stock of that fact, especially as the world stares at the threat of an Ebola pandemic.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

“First Do No Harm” TeleTracking RTLS and the HAC Program

HAC ProgramThe Advisory Board reports that over 15 percent of America’s hospitals may face penalties for patient harm under the latest provision of the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect October 2014.

Under the new provisions of the Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will rate 10 patient injuries including blood stream infections, patient falls, bed sores, urinary tract infections, collapsed lungs, cuts that occur during or after surgery and blood clots. According to a Kaiser Health News analysis of Medicare data, 761 hospitals may be penalized after the first year of the program. Most of the facilities impacted are large, publicly owned, or safety-net hospitals in the Northeast and the West. » Continue reading

Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

TeleTracking Offers Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology

hand hygiene blogThe costs are staggering.

Each year, hospital infections could claim up to 100,000 lives and cost hospitals $45 billion. Yet, studies repeatedly show that, without encouragement, hospital workers may only wash their hands once out of every three times they interact with patients.

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Categories: Author: Jon Poshywak, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control, Patient Safety, Real-Time Locating System (RTLS)

6 Simple Ways to Cut Hospital Acquired Infection Rate

Hospital Acquired InfectionsJoint Commission, College of Surgeons project cuts surgical site infections over 30 percent.

It’s clear that hospital workers who don’t wash their hands before interacting with patients can contribute to hospital acquired infections and poor patient outcomes. The Joint Commission and the American College of Surgeons know hand washing is so critical to curtailing infection they now recommend placing hand sanitizers right on the patient’s bed.

That’s one of the strategies to come out of a joint research project which reduced colorectal surgical-site infections (SSIs) by 32% and saved $3.7 million at seven large hospitals.

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Categories: Author: Dennis Morabito, Hand Hygiene, Hospital Infection Control