Upcoming webinar: Hand hygiene compliance lessons learned from COVID-19 and next generation solutions

Industry experts to discuss updates to Leapfrog hand hygiene standards and emerging solutions to optimize hand hygiene performance

By Medline Newsroom Staff | April 26, 2021

Infection prevention experts want to make sure vigilance remains a top priority for healthcare workers, even beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medline is hosting a webinar on May 13 at 1 p.m. CDT to help hospitals adopt best practices for improving and sustaining hand hygiene compliance. This webinar is designed for infection preventionists, patient safety and healthcare quality professionals and senior leaders responsible for meeting patient safety and healthcare quality goals for which hand hygiene compliance is an essential driver of success.

Paul Alper, BA, vice president of patient safety innovation for Medline, will lead and moderate the expert panel. Joining him will be Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC, former editor in chief of The American Journal of Infection Control and one of the world’s most widely published researchers on hand hygiene and its connection to healthcare quality. Joining Alper and Larson will be Seth Freedman, CEO of Intelligent Observation (IO). The company’s electronic hand hygiene monitoring system is the only solution that uses near-field magnetic induction (NFMI) with a special form of AI, to accurately capture hand hygiene opportunities and compliance events, and provide actionable data to leaders.

Three main webinar topics include:

    • Lessons learned from the pandemic: How hospitals can sustain the gains in hand hygiene that were driven by the urgency of COVID-19 and perhaps have fallen back to older norms.
    • New Leapfrog hand hygiene standards: Over the past few years, The Leapfrog Group has evolved a dynamic hand hygiene standard as part of their Safety Grade Survey. 2021 updates include the requirement for hospitals to conduct up to 200 direct observations per month in all patient care units. Alternatively, they can use a validated electronic monitoring system. Attendees will learn about what many experts are now calling the “new gold standard” for measuring hand hygiene compliance.
    • Direct observation versus electronic monitoring: New electronic monitoring solutions are now making it possible for hospitals to accurately capture virtually all hand hygiene opportunities and compliance events, which can be in the tens of thousands per month, providing a more accurate and reliable picture of hand hygiene 24/7. Attendees will learn about the newest state of the art e-monitoring technology and best practices for using data to provide timely and highly actionable feedback to front line staff to drive and sustain real change.

Learn more and register for the webinar at https://medline.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wMTdFUOkSvOPZUEW7h9dMw.

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