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The WHO’s 5 Moments for Handwashing

Washing hands with soap and water is imperative to fight against contagious diseases. The healthcare system is seemingly the most equipped to deal with infections, but that is not always the case. Stress and overcrowding of hospitals can lead healthcare personnel to overlook washing their hands. Since hospitals are naturally filled with sick, symptomatic carriers, healthcare workers must wash their hands properly and effectively at key times to avoid contracting and passing on illnesses. Hand hygiene adherence platform, these platform guide many people about their hygiene. The WHO designed the “5 moments for handwashing” to diminish the risk of infection inside the healthcare system. The healthcare worker themselves, the patient, and the environment can help each pass on dangerous germs and viruses. The 5 moments for handwashing are meant to remind healthcare workers when they should wash their hands to prevent infections. Here are the WHO’s 5 moments for handwashing: 1. before touching a patient, 2. before clean/aseptic procedures, 3. after body fluid exposure/risk, 4. after touching a patient, 5. after touching the patient’s surroundings.
In a recent article, we explained the chain of infection. Here it can be seen broken at every link – by washing hands. Healthcare workers are instructed to wash their hands after touching the potential carrier of the pathogen and also before exposing themselves as a potential carrier to a patient, after contacting body fluids that might contain the pathogen, and also after touching the environment of the patient, which might hold pathogens. Handwashing can help healthcare workers avoid contracting an infectious disease, with soap dissolving many viruses’ structures.

Soapy and Healthcare Hand Hygiene Compliance

Soapy offers a unique solution – the SoapyPro and SoapyPro Mobile that dispenses the correct amount of soap and water or hand sanitizer needed for a thorough hand wash while highlighting areas on the skin. This ensures a perfect hand hygiene quality every time. SoapyPro combined and empowered by the SoapyWisdom a hand hygiene compliance cloud platform, this platform provide immediate and fun feedback to the users, that helps educate and improve their hygiene. The SoapyPro also has a the capabilities for a user recognition powered by computer vision or sensory technology. The above IoT platform stores the relevant hand hygiene compliance data on the Soapy Wisdom cloud secured dashboard.

Than the hospital leadership, EVS managers and Infection prevention teams can analyze hand hygiene trends and improve hand hygiene compliance in real time.  The WHO’s 5 moments for hand hygiene can be much easier to follow if every healthcare worker had access to the smart hand hygiene compliance and education technology.  The intelligent hand hygiene systems of Soapy works automatically when its sensors detect hands, eliminating cross-contamination of the-point-of-use. The Soapy Pro is extremely time-efficient, counting the seconds needed for a thorough wash for the worker and providing an instant quality score as soon as the use done with their hand hygiene. Lear more about our pilot program - connect now