January 2020

Inside the Issue


VR Training Game Changer for Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance

Recent study shows that 80 percent of healthcare professionals say they would like to improve their hand hygiene compliance. The survey covering more than 1,000 healthcare professionals in five different countries also revealed that 60 percent would like hand hygiene to be given higher priority in their unit, while 40 percent said they would like to receive better training in hand hygiene. It is a clear indication for management teams to improve hand hygiene training in healthcare facilities.

To address hand hygiene issues within the healthcare industry, Tork—a brand of leading global hygiene and health company Essity—is one of the first to launch an interactive virtual reality
(VR) hand hygiene training simulation. In the virtual world, the player takes on the role of either a nurse or a physician on duty in a hospital unit. The player takes care of several patients and, depending on the player’s level of success in complying with the World Health Organization’s (WHOs) ‘5 Moments for Hand Hygiene’, there are different results.

Healthcare professionals are well aware of the importance of hand hygiene and this is part of their training. The exciting
thing about this innovative training in virtual reality is that it allows professionals to test their knowledge in a safe simulation of a patient environment and to receive direct feedback and to learn from mistakes,” says Professor Didier Pittet, director, Infection Control Programme & WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine Geneva, Switzerland.

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