Residents in skilled nursing, long-term care, rehabilitatitve and nursing facilities may be particularly susceptible to infection transmission.

Due to weakened immune systems, skin issues from limited mobility, and other health concerns, caregivers should be particularly vigilant in reducing the risk of transmitting infections to patients.

Auditing hand hygiene behaviors and adherence is one way to help reassure residents and their families that the utmost institutional protocols are in place to protect their health. The FirstHand system drives improved hand hygiene technique for caregivers in aged care, and rehabilitative and long-term care facilities by providing real-time haptic feedback on proper hand washing technique. Here are some of the common questions we are asked relating to hand hygiene in residential care.
Q: Is more frequent hand washing enough to reduce transmission of pathogenic organisms?
A: More often is good, but proper technique is crucial good hand hygiene. In order to eradicate the pathogens, healthcare workers must achieve sufficient duration and vigor, as specified by the World Health Organization.

Q: Is there a connection between measuring and changing hand hygiene behavior?
A: Absolutely - seeing is believing. Specific and real-time, in-the-moment hand washing feedback provided by the FirstHand Band improves duration and intensity, which are both crucial to good hand hygiene in care facilities.

Q: How does FirstHand hygiene data inform decisions by managers?
A: Our comprehensive portal and summary reports provide insight into hand hygiene patterns and provide actionable intelligence at both the individual and the group level. With FirstHand, management can answer questions about individual staff improvement, group use patterns, training needs, and equipment maintenance (e.g. refilling).

Q: What about administration monitoring and staff privacy?
A: Staff receive their own individual daily feedback reports. Administrators can access confidential, secure reports indicating individual results and group patterns.

Q: Is the FirstHand system difficult or timely to install?
A: No - our easy-to-implement system can be installed in 30 minutes or less and is easily portable between units or departments of your organization.

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