How to optimise dispenser placement for improved hygiene
Proper hand hygiene is considered to be the single most important method for preventing cross-contamination and reducing healthcare-associated infections. Research shows that hand hygiene dispensers have a significant impact on
compliance rates*, and the key to success is making sure that they are correctly placed. In fact, studies show that optimising dispenser placement can increase usage by more than 50%.**
To help you boost hand hygiene compliance in your healthcare facility, we have created evidence-based guides for optimal dispenser placement. Built around four common types of areas commonly found in healthcare facilities, the visualisations suggest dispenser placements that support hand hygiene compliance with the important WHO 5 Moments in mind. The information in the placement guide is based on both Essity-sponsored research and independent findings from academic research.
*Boog, Matthijs C., Vicki Erasmus, Jitske M De Graaf, Elise (A) He Van Beeck, Marijke Melles and Ed F Van Beeck. Assessing the Optimal Location for Alcohol-based Hand Rub Dispensers in a Patient Room in an Intensive Care Unit. BMC Infect Dis BMC Infectious Diseases 13.1 (2013): 510.
**Thomas BW, Berg-Copas GM, Vasquez DG, Jackson BL, Wetta-Hall R. Conspicuous vs Customary Location of Hand Hygiene Agent Dispensers on Alcohol-Based Hand Hygiene Product Usage in an Intensive Care Unit. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2009;109(5):263-267.
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