Irish technology company, SureWash recently announced that their innovative hand hygiene training solution has been adopted by the Seattle-based haemodialysis group, Northwest Kidney Centers. The announcement caps a busy year for the Dublin-based company in the Pacific Northwest, which included a visit by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. to SureWash’s technology in a new health and wellness science exhibition.
Dublin-based, SureWash has developed an interactive hand-hygiene training system with three core benefits: the ability to save money, time, and lives. The company is now putting their innovative technology to use in the US market.
Since the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), there has been a strong push towards reducing costs in the healthcare sector. SureWash’s technology saves money by reducing the labor needed to train and audit hand hygiene compliance. It saves time associated with hand-hygiene training and operating by providing e-learning to healthcare professionals on hospital wards at their own convenience.
By promoting effective hand-hygiene techniques, SureWash can help reduce the number of hospital acquired infections which ultimately saves lives. It is estimated that approximately 100,000 Americans die from hospital acquired infections each year and costs the US Healthcare system $30 billion a year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50% of these hospital acquired infections could be prevented by better hand-hygiene. This validates the need for SureWash’s technology in US hospitals.
The Northwest Kidney Centers delivers more than 200,000 treatments a year in 15 dialysis centers and 11 hospitals to people suffering from kidney disease. The chance of contracting hospital acquired infections is especially prevalent among patients with kidney disease due to their weakened immune systems and therefore susceptibility to infections. Within its facilities, the Northwest Kidney Centers was committed to reducing the chances that patients, staff, and visitors would spread infections. To do this, they chose SureWash.
Earlier this year, representatives from Northwest Kidney Centers attended a SureWash reception at the PacificScienceCenter. Also in attendance was An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. who acknowledged and congratulated SureWash’s Co-FounderSeanBay on developing an innovative solution for a global problem.
This month SureWash will be showcasing their technology at Med in Ireland, an Enterprise Ireland medical technology & healthcare conference, exhibition and partnering event. With over 300 international guests, Irish companies such as SureWash will be looking to explore new partnership opportunities. It will be a great chance for SureWash, and the Irish medical device sector to showcase their capabilities.
Sean Bay, Co-Founder and Director of SureWash demonstrating the hand hygiene training technology at an event in the Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA earlier this year
Find out more about SureWash at www.surewash.com or follow on Twitter @surewash
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