Chairman’s Message – July

I was very excited and honored to accept an invitation to speak on a panel with Elaine Larson and John Boyce at the NSF’s Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems (HITS) Conference to be held at NSF Headquarters in Ann Arbor Michigan September 13-14, 2017. We will be sharing the latest insights and research on the electronic monitoring of hand hygiene compliance (HHC) and how it can be used as an effective tool to drive improved HHC performance and reduce HAIs. We are, I believe, at the threshold of the time when we will no longer accept nor tolerate secret shoppers as the primary method for HHC compliance measurement because it is, quite frankly, unethical to allow a healthcare worker who did not clean hands in accordance with facility guidelines to be allowed to enter a room and provide care with unclean hands – only to be marked as “not compliant”. We have validated technology at our disposal and it is time to deploy it. The ROI is there not only in terms of HAIs and the associated costs that are avoided but also in terms of patient experience, facility reputation and the public health in general.

I hope you can attend and please stop by and say hello if you attend the panel session. 

Paul Alper, Chairman EHCO

Healthcare Infection Transmission System (HITS) Conference