GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog

We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

SMARTLINK Observation
Embracing Technology to Improve Healthcare Hand Hygiene Compliance

6/6/2017

By Megan J. DiGiorgio, MSN, RN, CIC

Clinical Specialist, GOJO Industries

We all know how critically important hand hygiene is in preventing healthcare-associated infections. Yet, oftentimes, healthcare facilities are challenged to find the right methods and technology to not only ensure accurate compliance measurement, but to improve and sustain compliance levels.

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The Impact of Clinician-Based Support for Hand Hygiene Improvement

3/9/2017

By John Lerner

SMARTLINK™ Solutions Business Development Vice President

Tight budgets and limited resources are familiar challenges for hospital infection prevention teams. There are always multiple priorities competing for funding and leadership support. Sustaining a focused hand hygiene initiative to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can help improve patient safety, protect reimbursements and positively affect hospital ratings—but proving these benefits to key decision makers is often difficult.

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Applying the power of the positive deviant to hand hygiene improvement
Applying the Power of the Positive Deviant to Hand Hygiene Improvement

1/31/2017

By John Lerner

SMARTLINK™ Solutions Business Development Vice President

What makes a positive deviant in healthcare? And how can hospitals leverage these individuals’ experience and intuition to sustain performance improvement around hand hygiene?

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How an Internet of Things Solution Enhances Patient Safety
How Hand Hygiene Affects Your Hospital's Ratings

1/19/2017

By John Lerner

SMARTLINK™ Solutions Business Development Vice President

How hand hygiene affects factors in hospital ratings and reimbursements, such as HAI rates, readmissions and other quality-of-care metrics.

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SMARTLINK Observation
Enhancing Direct Observation to Help Break the Chain of Infection

12/15/2016

By Tamara Cross

SMARTLINK Solutions, Senior Product Manager

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) remain a patient safety concern, and there is a significant body of evidence that demonstrates a correlation between hand hygiene rates and infection rates; as hand hygiene goes up, infection rates go down. This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization consistently state that hand hygiene is considered the single most important means of reducing and preventing the spread of infection in healthcare settings.

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