Research Animation Nurtures the Culture Factor for Caregivers & Food Workers
A caring culture is a powerful motivator for frontline handwashing. It is the culture, aggregate individual commitment, that most effectively drives compliance through the busiest of situations. This animation of an actual study graphically documents the potential spread of pathogens, including Coronavirus.
Yes, this high-touch shared surface visualization does call for frequent hotspot cleaning. But, with one viewing of this research, caregivers and food workers quickly realize the reality of the role of hands in surface-to-person 1-to-person 2 (S-to-P1-to-P2) transmission. The most effective roadblock to these pathogen pathways is clean hands, cleaned before contaminating a patient, diner or teammate with that surface-sourced microorganism.
HR, Operations, Quality Assurance, Patient Safety, Training and Food Safety professionals have found this animation to be a very helpful tool for new staff orientation and training programs.
This animation is based on a research study conducted in a US hospital.
The researchers seeded the telephone in POD D with an easy to detect, inert DNA material (red dot) and then tracked it’s movement over the 8 hours of a single shift. Every 2 hours 32 swabs were done in each of the patient pods and 10 swabs in each of the staff common areas. Nurses were confined to one patient POD but could move freely to the common areas. Doctors, specialists and support staff could move as required. Obviously the patients weren’t mobile, they were just the victims of poor hand and surface hygiene.
What areas were most contaminated after the 8 hours?