The Problem

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) infect 750,000 patients in the US per year, leading to about 75,000 preventable deaths and $10-$30 billion in unnecessary costs.

Hand hygiene is widely recognized as the best way to prevent HAIs. Unfortunately, hospital hand hygiene performance rates tend to be low – well under 50%.

And, as if patient safety and patient experience concerns weren’t already enough to drive hospitals to solve the hand hygiene problem, now The Joint Commission has provided even more incentive. If a surveyor sees one clinician fail to clean their hands one time, the hospital will be cited as a deficiency resulting in a Requirement for Improvement.


  1. https://www.cdc.gov/hai/surveillance/index.html
  2. E. Zimlishman et al., JAMA internal medicine, (Sept 2, 2013).
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK133371/

The Solution

Electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring tools can help. The Clean Hands – Safe Hands system in particular can double – or even triple – hand hygiene performance rates. First, it accurately measures all hand hygiene data (unlike direct observation), allowing you to focus your limited resources where they’re needed most. Second, unlike simple compliance tools, it also provides real-time reminders to busy clinicians, reminding them to clean their hands in the moment.

Our solution combines technology and a data-driven process that builds a culture of positive behavior change. Our unique, patent-pending six phase process ensures that hand hygiene performance continues to build over time.

Contact us to find out if we can help improve hand hygiene and reduce HAIs in your hospital.

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