Every time you go to the hospital, you’ve probably noticed that while not everyone is wearing the same pattern, they’re all wearing scrubs. Sometimes, even the non-health care related employees wear them. So why is it that hospitals have policies on what employee’s wear?
Over 90,000 deaths occur annually due to hospital acquired infections. Most of these deaths could be prevented with simple solutions, like adequate hand washing. An innovative technology called Hyginex seeks to assist healthcare workers everywhere in ensuring they are meeting the standards for hand hygiene. To view a demo of Hyginex click here.
Every healthcare worker knows the importance of adequate hand hygiene. Unfortunately there are many nurses, doctors, and other healthcare workers who do not wash their hands as often or as long as is required to adequately protect patients from the potentially deadly viruses and bacteria that exist in hospitals everyday. And it’s not that we’re not all trying. We strive to provide the best care possible and take care of our patients properly. We all know this means proper hand hygiene.
HIPAA was instituted in order to protect the personal health information (PHI) that resides in the hands of healthcare providers and organizations. Those involved in the line of care include, but are not limited to, nurse, doctors, healthcare information technology (HIT), pharmacies,and health insurance companies. And nearly everyone who touches a patient has some access to at least some portion of the patients PHI.