GOJO’s cutting-edge technology improves hand-hygiene practices and compliance to effectively tackle the spread of infection
Healthy habits boost winter wellness
Improving hand-hygiene performance is one of the most effective ways to lower the risk of infection outbreaks in clinical and healthcare settings. Clearly, good hand hygiene should be practised all year round. However it is especially important during winter, a time when viruses and bugs are rife. In fact, last winter the flu reached epidemic levels in some parts of the UK and the season was declared the worst for seven years, while the Royal College of Nursing reported that the number of beds lost due to suspected cases of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, reached the highest level for five years.
Winter viruses such as the flu, norovirus and the common cold are highly contagious and spread easily and speedily through contact with others via the hands and surfaces. These dangerous pathogens can live on surfaces for days, weeks and even months – norovirus, for example, can live on surfaces for up to 12 days. Furthermore, worrying research has shown that contaminated hands can sequentially transfer some viruses to up to seven surfaces, and that 14 people can be contaminated by touching the same object one after the other. Add these figures together and it is easy to see how one person’s illness can spread widely and quickly, even before you consider them coming into direct contact with anyone.
As a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Private Organizations for Patient Safety group, GOJO is a strong advocate of the ‘total solution’ approach to making hand hygiene second nature to
everyone in a healthcare setting. The PURELL SOLUTION™ from GOJO, combines scientific expertise, effective formulations and state-of-the-art technology to promote hygienic and compliant hand-hygiene behaviour, which helps prevent infection and keep both people and places healthy.
Working in partnership with healthcare managers, GOJO can help implement effective hand and surface hygiene regimes, developing bespoke programmes (following an audit if required), which are designed to meet the needs of individual healthcare facilities. This includes supplying industry-leading, innovative dispensers and fully virucidal formulas with short contact times, clinically proven to keep skin healthy. Due to the high frequency that healthcare workers wash or sanitise their hands, the formulations are also gentle to skin.
The PURELL SOLUTION also offers PURELL SMARTLINK™ technology, consisting of two mobile smart apps that measure hand-hygiene compliance, offer clinician-based support and monitor dispenser health. In addition, it provides practical support, best-practice training (including RCN-accredited in-house training programmes) and awareness-raising signage and leaflets to influence hygienic behaviour.
GOJO, the leading global producer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings, is your specialist partner in healthcare hygiene. Working together to put effective hand-hygiene systems in place, and actively promoting and reminding healthcare workers, visitors and patients alike to use them, we can lessen the impact of the seasonal viruses this winter.