Take 1




Electronic Faucets took center stage in early April after a John's Hopkins study revealed they can harbor higher levels of Legionella than manual faucets. A step forward in understanding this pathogen but as APIC & ASHE confirm it would be unwise to change course based on a single study conducted in a unique environment.


Take 2




A few facts about Legionella
• It's present in all bodies of water; it's a matter of concentration.
• It breeds in non flowing water pipes between the temperatures of 68-122F (20-50C).
• It will grow in water pipes where residual chlorine is below the concentration of 0.20 ppm (parts per million).
• It's generally acquired via inhalation (shower mist), but for highly immune compromised patients ingestion of large concentrations might cause infection.
• It can form part of the bio-film on all water pipes and faucet parts.


Take 3




A few facts about electronic faucets
• They significantly increase handwashing compliance among caregivers by making it easier and user friendly.
• They decrease the risk of cross contamination from faucet handles which are among the most contaminated surfaces in healthcare.
• They reduce water consumption by up to 60% for a normal handwash.


Take 4




Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Automatic dispensing equipment can dramatically improve both the quality and frequency of hand hygiene. Suppliers and models of electronic faucets that reduce the risk for Legionella contamination exist.


Take 5




A free multiplier of hand hygiene effectiveness. Whether washing hands, scrubbing with a nailbrush or drying the hands, friction multiplies effectiveness, costs nothing and speeds cleaning as well as drying.
View the video from Handwashingforlife® Healthcare on the benefits of automatic dispensing equipment.


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