Healthcare facilities are both the cleanest and dirtiest places around! With such a huge emphasis on personnel and utensils being sterile and bacteria free as to not contaminate other patients, common areas, and laboratories it is no wonder why the SaniTimer® would be vital in these environments.
Patients are there because they are infected and seeking care, but with that responsibility brings the burden of cross contamination, safety issues and regulations. The rates of HAI's, Healthcare Associated Infections, are climbing rapidly and shooting sky high because of poor hand hygiene standards and hygiene techniques currently being utilized. Major medical insurance carriers are no longer covering HAI claims and that money is coming directly out of the hospitals pocket. The SaniTimer® is a necessary, cost effective, and easy way to cut HAI rates linked to poor hand hygiene by up to 60%!
An article in the journal for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found that if a hospital improved hand-washing rates by 5 percent, it would save $1,000 per bed each year in averted MRSA infections alone – and MRSA infections make up only 8 percent of all hospital-acquired infections but are resistant to hand sanitizer alone, which is where hand washing with soap and water and with the assistance of the SaniTimer® is key!
We at the SaniTimer® know there are countless systems out there to monitor and improve hand hygiene compliance, but they have caveats. The main drawback to these systems is that they are much more expensive than other measures hospitals have tried. This is the “hand hygiene-industrial complex,” as Philip Polgreen, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, calls it. These systems are brand new and their price is likely to drop substantially, but right now they are expensive — Amelior, for example, costs $1,500 to $2,000 per hospital bed to install. Most offer hospitals the option to buy a system or lease it, but when the SaniTimer® costs a tiny fraction of this expense, it becomes the obvious choice.
"Upon receiving the SaniTimer®, I was impressed with the speed of delivery and ease of installation of the unit. My nursing staff were a little taken back by the concept at first but when they started using the timer they realized 20 seconds was longer than they had previously realized when washing without a guide. The SaniTimer® has turned out to be a great tool in assisting in hand hygiene compliance and we are very happy to utilize it!
-- Diane H. @ South Portland Surgical CenterPLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ OUR WRITE UP IN OUTPATIENTSURGERY.NET ! CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT HOW HAND HYGIENE VIA SOAP AND WATER IS BETTER THAN HAND SANITIZERS!