Since a direct correlation between high mortality rates and poor hand hygiene was discovered 170 years ago, and despite numerous approaches to addressing the issue of hand hygiene compliance such as; education and awareness, monitoring, product and system improvements, as well as environmental initiatives and infrastructure. Evidence indicates the global cost of hospital acquired infection (HAI) is between $35.7- 45B per year.
The hand hygiene project was a 12-month collaboration looking to explore 'how can we improve hand hygiene in hospitals through enhanced products, systems and processes that reduce bacterial transmission?' The project was supported by a Government Innovations Connections Grant and co-funded by Enware. The design team based at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) are part of the Health Collab; a practice based design laboratory with a research focus on medical technology and health and wellbeing.
The purpose of the research was to identify and articulate the problem and then elicit new thinking around hand hygiene and infection control by using co-design to identify design performance. The paper documents a design-led research study to identify and discuss a deeper problem that is thought to be a barrier to the success of existing interventions. The research introduces the findings of a non-conventional, collaborative research project using design to improve mindsets and human behaviour to facilitate compliance, including forthcoming interventions and testing. Through this, the paper highlights the opportunities for design methodologies to create interventions to improve hand hygiene compliance.
You can read the full paper for free in the Autumn issue of Healthcare Facilities Magazine by clicking here.