What is the Current State of Hand Hygiene?

Did you know that, according to one study of three U.S.-based hospitals, 92.9% of clinicians and medical students fail standard hand hygiene tests?*

Adequate hand hygiene has been of vital importance to healthcare for nearly 200 hundred years, but a renewed and long-overdue focus has taken over public attention in the COVID-19 era.

Truly, what is on your hands? Studies show that we likely have over 150 different types of bacteria and viruses on our hands at any given time. Proper hand washing techniques can kill most of them, but for medical professionals an adequate standard of hand hygiene requires 99.999% of transient flora to be eliminated.

By the necessary measures, many clinical hands are simply not clean enough to protect patients and the public. One study from hospitals in New York State showed that 92% of subjects did not properly disinfect their hands using alcohol-based sanitizers. In hospital wards, nurses and doctors are the most common transmitters of bacteria, touching potentially contaminated objects every 3-6 seconds on average. This is proven to have deadly consequences for patients and the public alike.

By using real-time visual assessments that drive real behavioural change, Hand-in-Scan™ ensures that medical professionals develop adequately-effective hand hygiene practices thereby eliminating the spread of infectious diseases.