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Infection Control within Point of Care – What is your plan to Reduce HAI?

January 13, 2014

Infection Control – What is your plan to reduce HAI?  ASR is proud to represent HYGREEN, the Hand Hygiene Recording and Reminding System, to do just that.  In turn, we are helping save Patient Lives and $$$.

ROI is about 1 Prevention per Quarter. 


Ask us how we can immediately help your Health System save BIG $$$ and SAVE LIVES.


Hand hygiene has long been regarded as the most effective method to prevent healthcare associated infections.
HyGreen provides the first line of defense in the control of healthcare associated infections. This electronic hand hygiene monitoring system not only records all hand hygiene events in the hospital, but it also reminds busy healthcare workers to wash their hands between patients.

 The HyGreen Hand Hygiene Recording and Reminding System is the first and most comprehensive tool to definitively monitor adherence to hand hygiene protocols.

And now, more than ever, improving safety is crucial to your patients and your bottom line.

      • 1.7 million patients are infected by healthcare associated infections each year
      • 270 people each day die from these infections
      • Because hospital stays extended an average of 8 days, HAIs add 13.6 million extra patient days to the burden of patients and hospitals.
      • Federal and state governments, along with private payors, are restricting payments for healthcare associated infection costs to hospitals <!–
      • More than 50% of all hospital associated infections are caused by lack of hand hygiene –>
HyGreen is designed to:
      • Protect patients and staff from HAIs
      • Help lower costs by lowering infections
      • Remind healthcare workers to wash between every patient interaction
      • Save time with comprehensive hand hygiene reporting
      • Eliminate inaccuracies of direct observation

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Infection  Control is important to you and ASR.

We want to help your Health System SAVE $$$ and SAVE LIVES.

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 is helping Healthcare providers transform their processes. We are a Point of Care company that knows IT and knows Patient Care. Our solutions are unrivaled within Point of Care for Patient Safety, Patient Privacy and Health System efficiencies.

With over 25 years combined experience, ASR has developed many ways to reduce Cost of Ownership and increase your Return on Investment on Point of Care Technology.  Allow us to get creative and show you how.  Contact ASR today for a personal consultation and evaluation of your Point of Care process.

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COWs and WOWs – Cleaning and Disinfecting – Part of Periodic Maintenance and Infection Control

April 13, 2012

COW maintenance should include routine cleaning and disinfection processes. In all the the Health Systems I visit, I see COWs in many degrees of condition. Some are visibly clean while others are covered with tape, stickers and just plain dirty. I believe that a COW should look clean and actually be clean to prevent the spread of disease. Also, a COW that is clean also looks better to patients, their family, their friends and hospital staff. ASR offers detailed cleaning and disinfecting services for COWs and WOWs. This service should be performed a minimum of twice each year. One client wants this done quarterly on his fleet of COWs.

Here is a bit I have put together to share about Cleaning and Disinfection of COWs:

Cleaning, Disinfection, and Sterilization: Point of Care Equipment

All Point of Care equipment including Computer on Wheels (COWs) or Workstation on Wheels (WOWs) and Wall Arms are essential to the care of patients. Because they typically are designed for high use, they also can transmit pathogens if any of the steps involved in reprocessing (Cleaning, Disinfection, or Sterilization) are inadequate or experience failures. Because the majority of pathogens are present in organic matter, e.g. visible soil, the first step in reprocessing, Cleaning is the most important. Any failure to remove soil at this point creates the potential for transmission of infection as the efficacy of subsequent disinfection or sterilization will be compromised.

Every hospital or healthcare facility should have an Infection Control Policy in place and include Point of Care equipment. An Infection Control Policy should be built around:

Cleaning Disinfection Sterilization

Cleaning: This process usually involves detergent or enzymatic presoak that removes foreign material (e.g. dirt or microorganisms) from an object. Cleaning is the most essential step in reprocessing instruments and equipment. Cleaning involves the removal of all foreign material (dirt and organic matter) from the object being reprocessed. Two key components of cleaning are friction to remove foreign matter and fluids to remove or rinse away contamination. This is especially true for manual cleaning of COWs or WOWs, which removes most organisms from a surface. Cleaning is normally accomplished by the use of water or detergents and mechanical actions. Detergent is essential to dissolve proteins and oil that can reside on equipment after use. Detergents lower surface tension and lift dirt or oil away from the device. Studies have shown that thorough cleaning alone can provide a 10,000 fold reduction in contaminants.

Disinfection: Any process, chemical or physical, that destroys pathogens that deems an item is safe to handle for its use. A disinfectant is a chemical agent that destroys most pathogens but may not kill bacterial spores. Chemical disinfection should only be used if heat treatment is impractical or if it may cause damage to the equipment. There is a broad spectrum of chemical disinfectants that have different antimicrobial activities. Most of them do not necessarily kill all microorganisms or spores that are present on an inanimate object but instead reduce the number of microorganisms to a level that is not harmful to health.

Sterilization: Uses an agent that destroys all viable forms of microbial life on any surface. Sterilization methods remove or destroy all forms of microbial life including bacterial spores by either physical or chemical processes. Sterilization is accomplished principally by steam under pressure, by dry heat, and by chemical sterilants. (Because of their size and the electronic components in COWs or WOWs, Sterilization is not a viable option).

Risks of Infection from Equipment

The risks of infection from equipment may be classified into three categories. COWs and WOWs fall into the Low Risk category. These are noncritical items are items that come into contact with normal and intact skin or with the inanimate environment (e.g. walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, sinks, etc.). Cleaning with a detergent and drying is more than adequate. A simple wipe down with an alcohol based disinfectant wipe or once over with a Hospital Grade Disinfectant Spray by the staff before each shift is even better. These processes are essential for every COW and WOW and should be included in your Infection Control Policy.

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