- Debra Smith
- Niagara Falls / Toronto, On
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Germ warfare: The real battle for survival is with germs not people. BUT People keep transmitting germs - how can we reduce transmission?
The 4th leading cause of death in North America is a disease you acquire when your are IN a HOSPITAL. The total number of deaths surpasses all deaths from murder and traffic accidents combined!
Why should hospitals make people sick when we know how to prevent transmission of disease? With more and more infections becoming resistant to antibiotics how do we convince people to do the simple things like washing their hands?
The main question here is how can we encourage hospital staff to clean their hands (actually studies indicate that they are doing it only 30% of the time when they should)?
The complicating factors include:
The highly stressed environment in which many medical personnel work where time demands are great (thus they feel that they do not have time to wash or use alcohol rub).
Patients feel vulnerable and do not feel empowered to ask medical professionals to clean their hands before touching their bodies.
Incremental cost increases in using more product and the time cost of use.