Brand new design! Health care–associated infections (HAIs) are a major burden on the US health care system. The CDC estimates that on any given day about 1 in 25 hospital patients has at least one HAI, with close to 75,000 of these patients dying annually. This doesn’t even include infections from other health care settings. A 2013 JAMA Internal Medicine article projected the annual costs of five major HAIs add up to $9.8 billion. CMS no longer reimburses for preventable infections like surgical site infections, C. difficile, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Organizations participating in the Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Hand Hygiene Project saved up to $2.8 million dollars in direct medical costs by targeting effective hand hygiene.
Improving hand hygiene of health professionals is one of the most effective ways to prevent HAIs. And, organizations participating in the Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Hand Hygiene Project saved up to $2.8 million dollars in direct medical costs by targeting effective hand hygiene. In the busyness of health care, workers can forget to perform hand hygiene. The goal is to make washing hands a habit – as automatic as looking both ways when you cross the street or fastening your seat belt when you get in your car.
Health care organizations can use these hand hygiene buttons and stickers as one strategy to help prevent the spread of infections. Perfect for staff to wear on a lab coat or smock or scrubs, or stick on brochures, clip boards, badges, mobile devices, and anywhere else you want to send this safety message, they encourage patients to be involved in their own safety by asking and, if necessary, reminding staff to wash their hands before and after patient encounters.
New this year: Now available as a sticker that is safe to use in a no-sharps environment!
Infection prevention and control
Durable buttons for daily wear
Stickers for disposable use
Available in English and Spanish
Settings: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Home Care, Hospital, Office-Based Surgery, Nursing Care Centers, Disease-Specific Care
Standards: IC and NPSGs
Audience: All staff