Handwashing campaign successfully eliminated superbugs
The CleanYourHands campaign, which was introduced into hospitals across England and Wales in 2005, was successful in its aim of reducing the spread of superbugs.
Incidence of infections such as MRSA and C. Difficile (C. Diff) reduced significantly, according to a new report.
An evaluation of the campaign revealed that the use of soaps and antibacterial hand gels tripled during the campaign too.
However, despite the success, the campaign – which was funded by the UK government – is no longer active in the UK.
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The CleanYourHands campaign aimed to encourage hospital staff, patients and visitors to wash their hands – either with soap and water or with an alcohol hand gel – every time they entered or left a ward and between contact with different patients.
In total, rates of the MRSA superbug in hospitals fell by half, to 0.91 cases per 10,000 bed days from 1.88 cases per 10,000 bed days.
Meanwhile, using the same scale of per 10,000 bed days, rates of C. Diff decreased from 16.75 to just 9.34 – a drop of almost 40 percent.
When the campaign was launched in 2005 hospitals were purchasing 22ml of hand soap and antibacterial hand gel per patient per day.
However, by 2008, this had increased to 60ml per patient per day.
Commenting on the success CleanYourHands, a spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “The Clean Your Hands campaign was successful in its aim to highlight the importance of good hand hygiene practice across the NHS.
“The challenge now is to ensure the NHS embeds the good practice highlighted in the campaign to achieve our ambition to wipe out avoidable healthcare-associated infection.”
“We know real progress has been made in this area as MRSA bloodstream infections have dropped by 41 percent and C. difficile by 30 percent across the NHS in England since 2009/10.”
The results of the study into the effectiveness of the campaign have been published on the British Medical Journal website.
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Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.