New Product Tracks Hand Hygiene Compliance

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MENTOR, Ohio—STERIS Corporation today announced the renaming and expansion of its hand hygiene compliance offering for healthcare providers. The new ComplyTrack Hand HygieneSM Compliance Platform includes two programs; one that is already relied upon by U.S. hospitals, and a new, more automated program that tracks a second type of hand hygiene data.

“Time and convenience are both important in the intense, demanding world of the infection preventionist,” said Elizabeth Kalister, associate product manager in the Infection Prevention Technologies division at STERIS. “It’s important that we support these professionals beyond providing hospital-quality products alone. We must deliver hand hygiene measurement tools that can save time, improve convenience, and supply valid and useful data. We designed the new FasTrack Compliance Program to accomplish all three.”

The new FasTrack Hand HygieneSM Compliance Program, expected to be available in October 2010, is a remarkably user-friendly, automated tool for tracking and providing reports on hand hygiene product purchasing in healthcare facilities. With a one-step command from the user, this program collects purchase-based data and generates monthly reports automatically. Trends for both hand sanitizers and handwashing products can be displayed in graph format, and the product mix by percentage can also be illustrated.  Infection preventionists can use the information to get trend data on their hospitals hand hygiene performance and can export the data for their own customized use.

The second option, the AccuTrack Hand HygieneSM Compliance Program, is based on the program formerly known as Partners in Your Care®; it tracks and provides detailed reports on hand hygiene product consumption. This program is already valued by more than 100 U.S. hospitals for its ability to report on hand hygiene compliance data down to the department level if needed, and for its ability to produce benchmarking data that allows comparison with other hospitals around the country. Users also have interactive around-the-clock access to the site, and the data is more detailed than the data supplied in the FasTrack Compliance Program.

In addition, it will be reassuring to current customers that they will not have to start over or learn different software when they go to the website to access their data. “Although the name will be different, the AccuTrack Hand Hygiene Compliance Program website (www.sterisaccutrack.com) will have the same functionality that Customers are already comfortable with,” said Kalister.

“As historic experts in infection prevention, we are our Customers’ strongest ally in the ongoing battle to reduce infection,” states Tim Chapman, senior vice president and group president, Healthcare. “Our quest to help strengthen hand hygiene compliance efforts has led us to develop a new way to look at the data and provide another meaningful solution. We expect to continue enhancing our compliance solutions for the benefit of infection preventionists, hospital staff, and ultimately their patients.”

In addition to these enhanced measurement tools, STERIS offers a menu of hand hygiene solutions that includes effective compliance-enhancing alcohol-based rubs, handwashing products and surgical scrubs, and hand hygiene awareness tools and posters. Moreover, STERIS University provides convenient, certified clinical education self-study modules on several hand hygiene topics to help facilities strengthen their knowledge base.

STERIS Corporation is a leading provider of infection prevention and surgical products and services, focused primarily on critical healthcare, pharmaceutical and research markets.

Source: STERIS

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