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Costs Related to Electronic Compliance Monitoring Systems

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What are these costs ? Previously we summarized what types of Electronic Compliance Monitoring System exist, and described how ECM systems are used in the real clinical settings. Now, we are further investigating what costs are associated with these systems.

Electronic Compliance Monitoring Systems in Real Hospital Environment

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Actual clinical settings where ECM systems were applied In our previous posts, we summarized what types of Electronic Compliance Monitoring (ECM) Systems exist, and showed their strengths and weaknesses. Now we show some actual clinical settings where ECM systems were applied.

Electronic Compliance Monitoring Systems

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Summary of the different concepts of ECMS In our previous posts, we demonstrated that direct observation of hand hygiene is labor-intensive, time-consuming and expensive. Electronic compliance monitoring systems (ECMS) can eliminate the shortcomings of the direct observation. Now, we summarize the different concepts of ECMS.

Flu and Hand Hygiene

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One hundred years ago, in 1918, an influenza pandemic broke out. The so-called Spanish flu killed 20-50 million people, many more than the First Ward War that ended the same year [1]. Could it happen again? What can we do to avoid it? What is the role of hand hygiene in this story?

How to compare handrub techniques?

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Many techniques exist how to handrub, most of them are based on the so-calles WHO 6-step protocol. As we previously summarized, this has limitations; it takes long to perform, quite hard to remember and therefore its compliance is pretty low. For these reasons, several alternative protocols exist, but we have limited data on the efficacy of these alternatives.

Microbiological Validation of the Fluorescent Trial

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In our previous posts, we described what the fluorescent method is, and where should it be applied. But is the fluorescent method validated microbiologically? How can we know that the shining areas are really disinfected? Now, we discuss it.

Disinfectant resistant superbugs?

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A couple days ago, a new scientific study was published, about Enterococcus bacteria with increased alcohol tolerance. One day later, Reuters quoted it using a bit more shocking title; „Superbugs now also becoming resistant to alcohol disinfectants”.
It really sounds terrific. How bad it really is?

European-Wide Infection Control Training and Certification: How Far Is It?

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Preventing healthcare-associated infections is a responsibility of everyone in a hospital. Still, infection prevention and control activities need to be organized by competent experts [1]. Many reports claim a shortage of qualified infection control doctors and nurses [2]. What does “qualified” actually means?

Why We Need the Further Improvement of Current Standards?

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Last time, we wrote about the two most important standards for testing the efficacy of handrubs; the European CEN EN 1500and the American ASTM E-1174. Now we summarize the main weaknesses of these standards.

Effect of regular monitoring and feedback

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Hand hygiene with alcohol-based hand rub is considered to be the most efficient tool to prevent the spread of nosocomial infections. In addition to compliance – performing hand hygiene at appropriate frequency – the efficacy of hand hygiene technique has key importance.