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The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS)

Sep 20, 2019

Hand hygiene is the number one line of defense when it comes to controlling the spread of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and infectious disease.  Since we know that antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and few new antibiotics are being developed, it becomes exceedingly important that we prevent people from acquiring these infections in the first place.

We know that hand-washing is effective when done right, and we know that when monitored, we do it right. In fact, right after we recorded this podcast the Jama Network showed us that patient mortality decreased during unannounced accreditation surveys at US Hospitals. The point is that you can expect what you inspect.


This episode originally aired on >The #HCBiz Show! on April 19th, 2017.


On this episode, we get into the details with Tamás Haidegger and discuss:

  1. Why hand hygiene is so important
  2. How the struggle to get it right goes back to the 1800s
  3. The complex human psychology that we need to address to solve this problem
  4. The astonishing number of people who fail hand-washing tests even when they know they’re being monitored
  5. Engineering solutions that can help keep us objective
  6. How hand-hygiene can save the U.S. healthcare system $9 Billion next year


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