Thanks to modern medicine, humans’ life expectancy is rising steadily and is longer than ever before in human history. Nursing homes caring for older people play a major role in the longevity of the older residents, supplying them with appropriate staff and facilities to suit their needs.
Each year, up to 3 million infections occur in nursing homes, leading to approximately 380,000 deaths of residents. The spread of illness within nursing homes can happen very quickly, costing lives before there is a formal diagnosis of an outbreak. The fast spread of diseases among the residents of nursing homes is aided by neglecting the most basic preventative measure – hand hygiene. Educating staff members and enforcing a high level of hygiene compliance is a major challenge within this work environment, and requires the most modern tools available today.