Queen Alexandra Hospital
The Pure Hold Hygiene Handle prototypes were initially trialled at Queen Alexandra Hospital in September 2011 (V1 prototype) and August 2012 (V2 prototype) before currently trialing the final "production version" of the Hygiene Handle in February/March 2013. Results of both prototype trails can be found below. Production version trial results will be published at completion of the current trial.
Prototype V2 Trial - August 2012
Eight Hygiene Handles were installed during August 2012 onto 5 separate ward-entry locations and 3 internal locations within the hospital, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Ward, Maternity Wards and Haematology & Oncology Day Units
The units are being trialled for a 3 month period, and as before, people using the Hygiene Handles are being given a short questionnaire and asked for their comments. An initial overview of the initial data received so far is as follows. Full results of the production unit trial are anticipated to be avaliable in November/December 2012. .
Comments for August 2012 trial
- "I really love these – great idea" (visitor)
- "All that matters is that they encourage people to clean their hands and if they achieve that then they’ve done a good job" (staff)
- "I like the gel – it makes my hands soft and is much nicer than the other one we use" (staff)
- "Get to grips, without the drips!" (patient)
- "Think this is a fantastic idea, everybody then has hygienic hands" (patient)
- "Makes you remember everytime!" (patient)
- "Germs are a scandle if you don't use the handle!" (patient)
- "Very good idea" (staff)
- "Great idea!" (patient)
- "Excellent idea" (patient)
- "Excellent idea, well done!" (staff)
- "Great idea" (patient)
Press Coverage for August 2012 trial
Initial Concept / Prototype V1 Trial - September 2011
In the first week, benchmark data was gathered through observation of current hand-hygiene practice. In the second week three Hygiene Handles were installed (one in each location) and the effect on hand-hygiene practice was observed over a two week period. A sample of people using the Hygiene Handles were also given a short questionnaire and asked for their comments.
Result Summary for September 2011 trial
- Door entry hand-hygiene compliance increased from 6% to 60% (average across all three trial locations).
- Door-entry hand-hygiene compliance was much improved by installation of the Hygiene Handles in all trial locations. Before installation, door entry compliance ranged from 2% to 9%. With the Hygiene Handle installed, door entry compliance was increased to 47% to 66%.
- Installation of the Hygiene Handle had a significant effect on the door-entry hand-hygiene compliance rates of both staff and visitors to the hospital.
- 88% of people surveyed (both staff and visitors) said that they thought the Hygiene Handle was a good idea and that they would like to see more installed around the hospital.
Comments for September 2011 trial
- “Great idea, loved it, easy to use” (Staff member)
- “It’s a super idea” (Staff member)
- “Very Impressive” (Visitor)
- “Convenient when you’re in a rush” (Staff member)
- “A lot of people aren’t in the habit of washing their hands, this is an easy way of getting them into the habit” (Staff member)
- “Genius” (Staff member - Porter)
- “Love it, think it will force staff and patients to be more aware of hand hygiene” (Staff member)
- “How posh – I like that ideas – its novel” (Visitor)
- “An idea like this can turn unhygienic members of staff into hygienic members of staff without them even knowing” (Staff member)
- “Intelligent effective idea” (Patient)
- “I think we should have them on every ward” (Staff member)
- “Excellent idea. I’ve noticed in the past so many people ignore the gel dispensers” (Visitor)
- “I’m loving the gel handles” (Staff member)
- “I love it, its brilliant. I like the way the gel comes out into your hand” (Staff member)
- “Put them on doors visitors use rather than staff entrances to increase visitor compliance”
- “This is really good” (Staff member)
- “It’s good – makes it mandatory to clean your hands” (Staff member)
- “Oh, that’s clever” (Staff member - Nurse)
- “It’s a really good idea” (Staff member)
- “Smart and great idea” (Staff member)
- “Great idea – good luck with it” (Staff member - midwife)
- “Want one in my house” (Visitor)
- “They should be on every door” (Staff member)
- “Great Idea” (Visitor)
- “That’s clever – now you have no excuse to clean your hands” (Staff member)
- “Amazing thing isn’t it” (Visitor)
- “It’s cool – it’s better than the old ones because you touch all sorts of stuff so it ensures cleanliness” (Staff member)
- “This is brilliant” (Visitor)
- “Very clever” (Visitor)
- “Revolutionary” (Staff member)
- “Very hygienic” (Visitor)
- “Like the smell” (Visitor)
Purehold To Exhibit At Facilities Show 2013
Following the success of recent trials, Purehold has confirmed that the new Hygiene Handle will be shown at the Facilities Show 2013 - Why not come along and try the handle for yourself?
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WHY USE THE HYGIENE HANDLE?
Hand hygiene is considered one of the most effective interventions to reduce health care associated infections.
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