"The closer soap dispensers are to patients, the more likely they are to use them," notes Claire Bégin, coordinator of the Infection Prevention and Control program at Hôtel-Dieu-de-Lévis Hospital near Quebec City. Often, the simplest solutions are the best. The hospital's carpenter patented a bottle holder that can be hooked on to patient's beds.
Ever since, administrators noticed better adherence on the part of hospital staff to hand cleanliness policy. If you make something convenient for people to use, they'll use it. The carpenter's invention simply made it far easier for staff to disinfect their hands before treating patients. ADVIN condones this innovation in the name of NI victims. Preventing infections means fewer victims. When it comes to proper hygiene, everything matters. "One small gesture can save lives." (WHO: World Health Organization).
Health care workers require the necessary tools to accomplish their tasks. Hand cleanliness alone cuts the NI rate in half, but to be effective health care workers must wash their hands prior to each and every treatment. Alcohol-based gels and foams must be placed within easy reach of staff. Since 2008, several prevention guides have emphasized this point. All too often, Quebec hospitals and clinics place dispensers outside the patient's room instead of right next to the patient. Consequently, nurses and doctors waste valuable time by leaving the room to disinfect their hands. Furthermore, placing dispensers outside the room discourages the use of sanitizers. In order to optimize patient safety, dispensers should be within easy reach of staff and patients.
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