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A wide array of products and services is available in the hand hygiene segment of the marketplace. We present the following hand hygiene product showcase which first appeared in the September print issue of Infection Control Today magazine, as a way to assist you in discovering new strategies to help prevent cross-contamination.
Hands are a critical battleground in the fight to reduce healthcare associated infections. 3M Avagard Foaming Instant Hand Antiseptic is a valuable ally to have on the front lines with you. Consider its benefits:
> Kills greater than 99.999 percentÂ of harmful bacteria in 15 seconds (in vitro)
> Emollient enriched-formulation to moisturize skin
> Latex glove and CHG compatible
> Dye and fragrance-free
> Versatile Point-of-Care solutions to improve compliance
www.3M.com/Avagardfoaming or (800) 228-3957
Cascades Antibacterial paper towels provide a simple and effective way to further reduce bacterial contamination and transmission. Unlike ordinary paper towels, when the Cascades Antibacterial paper towel comes into contact with the water on your hands as you dry them, it releases an active ingredient that killsÂ more thanÂ 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria, based on third-party laboratory testing. These towels can fit anywhere and dont require additional steps or change in habits. To get your free sample, scan the QR Code and enter the promo code: IFC913.
The DebMedÂ® GMS (Group Monitoring System) is the worlds first electronic hand hygiene monitoring system based on the WHO Five Moments. The system captures 100 percent of the hand hygiene events from both soap and sanitizer dispensers at the unit level. The actual number of dispenser events is compared to the expected number of events, calculated based on an algorithm from published scientific hand hygiene benchmark data as well dynamic, unit-specific data feeds.Â It is also the only system able to monitor compliance at the critical point-of-care with specialized away-from-wall dispensers. Because the DebMedÂ® GMS does not require an expensive RTLS or RFID infrastructure or costly staff badges, it is the most cost-effective system on the market.
www.debmed.com or (866) 783-0422
Quik-CareÂ® Nourishing Foam is a new hand sanitizer from Ecolab Healthcare that includes skin conditioners and emollients that moisturize and enhance the skins natural repair process with repeated use. The frequent hand washing required in healthcare settings can result in dry, damaged skin, and dermatitis is often cited as an obstacle to hand hygiene compliance. This unique, clinically-proven formula sanitizes, absorbs quickly and keeps working to support healthier skin for healthcare professionals over time. An extended clinical study confirmed skin was visibly less dry after two weeks of use.
www.ecolabhealthcare.com or (877) 927-9726
Georgia-Pacific Professionals family of enMotionÂ® automated towel dispensers have helped transform the world of touchless dispensing technology.Â Innovative product solutions like enMotionÂ® have been developed by Georgia-Pacific to help to improve hygiene, help reduce cross-contamination, and increase operational efficiency.Â With one-at-a-time dispensing, enMotionÂ® dispensers can help reduce waste up to 30 percent. enMotionÂ® towels have received EcoLogo certification and the high capacity roll towel meets EPA standards for recycled content.Â All enMotionÂ® proprietary dispensers are reliable, efficient and can also help improve your facility's image. Creating a healthy workplace and demonstrating commitment to the environment is top-of-mind for Georgia-Pacific Professional customers.
www.gppro.com or (866) Hello GP (1-866-435-5647)
Germ Pro's alcohol-free, Hand Sanitizing Lotion has a broad spectrum, persistent 99.9 percent kill that only needs reapplying every 3-4 hours.Â It is FDA compliant, both as a hand sanitizer and first aid antiseptic. The lotion forms a hydrophobic, polymeric layer on the skin, and does not easily wash off. This protection against constant washings and harsh alcohol sanitizers normally allows dry, cracked hands to heal, usually within a week. Also, the non-toxic, hypoallergenic lotion is enriched with moisturizers to help keep hands soft.Â Hospitals report that compliance to hand hygiene guidelines improves because hands are protected against damage and it doesn't hurt to wash hands. Germ Pro's lotion is to be used in addition to all HICPAC hand hygiene guidelines to kill in-between handwashings.
www.GermProProducts.com or (800) 966-5367
Now is the time to use a tool that proves proper hand hygiene is not just a perpetuated term. Glo Germs germs you can see formula drives home why proper handwashing is important, and how to do it. But wait! Recontamination and cross-contamination are at the root of all infections. Glo Germ products teach each person where and how their individual habits continue the chain of infection.Â Glo Germ products are adaptable to any situation, any habit, anytime because they transfer just like real pathogens. Glo Germ creates an instant visual representation that reinforces an individuals direct actions thereby permanently modifying behavior and making that person a true safety tool.
www.GloGerm.com or 800-842-6622
GOJO SMARTLINK Hand Hygiene Solutions provide comprehensive 24/7 compliance hand hygiene monitoring along with the other critical components you need to succeed -Â clinician-based support, advanced dispensers and superior products, like PURELLÂ® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer. Our solutions are easy to install and can be customized to the needs of your facility, whether you want to measure at the individual level using GOJO SMARTLINK and RTLS TechnologyÂ or at the group level using GOJO SMARTLINK Activity Monitoring System. Both provide solutions that will help you improve your hand hygiene compliance rate, and help reduce the spread of infection.Â For over 60 years, GOJO has been a leader in the areas of infection control and skin science. We have the expertise, the experience, the products and the technology your staff needs to help build and sustain compliance improvement. Email SMARTLINK@gojo.com or visit http://www.healthcare.gojo.com/SMARTLINK.
HandGiene Corp. offers an RFID enabled hand hygiene monitoring system that ensures compliance with established hand-wash protocols. The HandGiene HHMS is a complete solution that does not require any additional steps, so it does not adversely impact workflow. The HandGiene cleanser units dispense a variety of proprietary soap and sanitizer solutions. Compliance or non-compliance is recorded in a database that administrators can access in real-time through web-based compliance software. Administrators can look at specific employees, wards, stations, departments, shifts or an entire hospital or in the case of larger concerns, an entire system of hospitals and care facilities. Documentation for reporting is easy-to-use.
www.HandGieneCorp.com or (800) 948-7304
Hill-Rom has developed a system to monitor hand-hygiene events, 24 hours a day, seven days a week that is easy to implement, easy to report and easy to install.Â Your hospitals established hand hygiene protocols are entered into Hill-Roms Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution. Caregivers simply wear a lightweight badge, while washing their hands as they normally would. If a caregiver misses a required washing event, the Hill-Rom badge will provide a gentle reminder tone, by way of their badge. Hill-Roms system does not introduce additional steps to your normal hand-hygiene routine.Â There is no delay in detection, allowing caregivers to proceed directly to their patient.
(812) 934-7777 or http://www.hill-rom.com/hand-hygiene
Hyginex is dedicated to improving hand hygiene compliance in hospitals and reducing rates of hospital-acquired infections. The Hyginex Solution is a proven system that tracks hand hygiene compliance through a patent pending wristband worn by individual staff members. The wristbands vibrate to alert staff when they have entered patient zones without first following proper hand hygiene protocol and collect data on quality and duration of wash/alcohol use. The Hyginex Solution is the only hand hygiene monitoring system that eliminates false positives and accurately captures all hand hygiene events to correspond with the WHO Five Moments for Hand Hygiene.
www.hyginex.com or (855) 494-4639
IntelligentM's is the only hand hygiene compliance technology available that provides real-time feedback to healthcare employees at the point of product use and the point of care as it relates to both "how" and "when" compliance according to CDC/WHO guidelines. IntelligentM allows for corrective compliance action in every instance, in addition to ongoing education from highly-segmented data collection and presentation. Determinations for compliance can be tailored to each type of hand hygiene event such as entry/exit of a room or even as detailed as inserting an IV, changing wound dressing or donning gloves.Â
www.intelligentm.com or (954) 295-6606
The Irisys Intelligent Handwash Monitor (IHM) is a high-tech, smart sensor thermal solution that measures and reports hand-hygiene compliance to help reduce Hospital-Associated Infections. The IHM monitors the movement of healthcare workers to identify key handwash opportunities that arise at the point of patient care including those identified by the WHO and CDC and compares those opportunities to actual handwash occurrences. Non-intrusive thermal sensors installed at critical points throughout a healthcare facility monitor workers behavior. The system then delivers comprehensive data to achieve a simple desired effect: boost handwash compliance and help prevent the spread of infection.
www.Irisys.net or (678) 638-6248
Kimberly-Clark Health Care
KLEENEXÂ® ULTRA* Moisturizing Foam Hand Sanitizer is clinically proven to improve skin condition in less than five days. This 70 percent alcohol formula dries fast, leaves hands soft, smooth and less sticky and is preferred by 2 out of 3 nurses over the leading competitor. KLEENEXÂ® ULTRA* contains cucumber, green tea and sugar beet extract which is proven to moisturize the skin for two hours and increases skin hydration by 30 percent. This fragrance and dye free formula is Eco-Logo certified, provides broad-spectrum antimicrobial efficacy, and kills up to 99.999 percent of the most common bacteria that can cause infection, contamination or illness.
PDIÂ® Sani-HandsÂ® Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes provide convenient and effective hand hygiene solutions for healthcare workers, patients and visitors. The newest solution, Sani-HandsÂ® Bedside Pack, is specifically designed for patients who cannot get out of bed to clean their hands. One pack contains 20 wipes, which is ideal for the typical hospital stay of three days. Not only does Sani-Hands kill 99.99 percent of germs, but the wipe format also creates friction to leave hands feeling clean with no sticky residue. Sani-HandsÂ® contains 65.9 percent alcohol and is safe to use before eating and drinking.
www.pdihc.com or (800) 444-6725
Proventix Systems, Inc.
The nGage system is a point-of-care compliance monitoring system that motivates healthcare workers to follow hand hygiene standards. With nGage, the worker receives personalized messaging in the form of professional, educational and user-identified content, through an active communication display located above the soap or sanitizer dispenser. RFID tags are used to monitor compliance and create data that is transferred to a central server for review. nGage is an expandable communications device infrastructure that is easily implemented and adaptable to meet any number of future needs such as workflow management, asset tracking, inventory control, temperature monitoring, patient monitoring, automatic feedback and alert messaging.
www.proventix.com or (888) 970-7768
Resurgent Health & Medical manufactures and distributes CleanTechÂ® automated hand washing systems. CleanTech performs a fully-automated 12-second wash, sanitize and rinse cycle, eliminating up to 99.98 percentÂ of dangerous pathogens. CleanTech's green technology uses 75 percent less water and produces 75 percent less waste than manual handwashing. By making handwashing quick, easy and enjoyable, CleanTech increases hand hygiene compliance up to 400 percent while improving skin quality and avoiding the use of skin damaging alcohol gels.
www.resurgenthealth.com or (800) 932-7707
The SaniWash Timer is a timer that attaches directly to a faucet and when the water is turned on, the timer counts down from 30 seconds to 0 seconds, giving the user a frame of reference to make sure they wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds as per CDC regulations and health code compliance. It beeps once when it starts and twice when completed. It has been reviewed by the CDC, is fully patented, and has won an INPEX award.Â Â
Kindest KareÂ® Foamed Antiseptic Handrub with Enhanced Emollients is a high-performance formulation designed specifically for healthcare professionals, to encourage frequent use in hospitals and health facilities. It is a mild yet effective foamed handrub that moisturizes hands as well as a lotion while eliminating 99.9999 percent of most common organisms. It contains 62 percent ethyl alcohol and when tested on human skin, this exclusive professional healthcare formula meets FDAs Healthcare Personnel Handwash and Surgical Scrub criteria on both the first and the tenth wash. It is used with either a manual or touchless wall-mounted dispenser that creates quality foam.
www.steris.com/kindestfoamÂ or (440) 354-2600
Together with a comprehensive hand hygiene program, the careful selection of superior quality disposable gloves is essential for an effective HAI prevention plan. Tronex Healthcares complete line of nitrile examination gloves includes eight innovative styles and NEW high-count packaging options. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO-certified and FDA-registered facilities from advanced material blends, Tronex nitrile exam gloves are offered in a variety of formulations, including six chemotherapy-rated styles and two sterile options. All meet the highest industry, FDA, and ASTM standards for barrier protection and quality consistency, and are preferred by major healthcare providers nationally to deliver exceptional performance, durability, elasticity, and chemical resistance across all key facility applications.
www.tronexcompany.com or (800) 833-1181
The Patient Safeguard System or PSS, is a complete and comprehensive hand hygiene system designed specifically for monitoring the hand hygiene of healthcare workers around the patient bed.Â PSS was designed to notify healthcare workers of their hand hygiene status by cautioning them from interacting with their patients without performing the recommended hand hygiene process. PSS prevents the spread of hospital-acquired infections by educating, monitoring and, subsequently, modifying healthcare workers behavior in order to improve hand hygiene compliance. PSS prompts the HCW to sanitize: prior to patient contact; after patient contact; and after touching patient surroundings.
www.ultraclenz.com or (800) 931-8911
This is not just another soap dispenser, as it also monitors, measures and helps manage hand hygiene participation. Georgia-Pacific Professionals SafeHaven automated hand hygiene monitoring system, powered by Versus Real-time Locating Solution (RTLS),Â provides unbiased, accurate data automatically, without interrupting your hospitals existing workflow.
www.versustech.com/safehaven or (866) HELLO GP (435-5647)
XLERATORÂ®, the original, patented, high-speed and energy-efficient hand dryer, is now available with a certified HEPA Filtration System. XLERATORÂ® offers the only certified HEPA filtration system proven to remove 99.97 percent of potentially present bacteria and particulates from air in the room, and the only one with a washable pre-filter for reliable performance and extended filter life. XLERATORÂ® with HEPA settles the debate about hand dryer hygiene by delivering clean, filtered, purified air as only XLERATORÂ® can fast and efficiently. The HEPA filtration system is now available as an optional XLERATORÂ® feature, or can easily be retrofitted into existing units.
www.exceldryer.com or (413) 525-4531