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Sing happy birthday to stay safe

March 27, 2020 No Comments

Irish app SureWash provides us with a safe pair of hands

All over Ireland people are singing happy birthday while they wash their hands. Then they sing it again.

It’s because Irish healthcare technology company SureWash has provided people with a quick rule of thumb – and finger. If you want to make sure you wash your hands properly, spend as long doing it as it takes to sing the birthday song.

It’s a fun way to deliver a serious message, which perfectly reflects the healthcare technology company’s overall approach.

Throughout the emergency leaders across the world have stressed that the primary tool we have at all our disposal in the fight against Covid-19 is the ability to wash our hands. Slowing down the virus’ spread depends on how often, and how well, we do it.

If hand hygiene is done properly it can be over 90% effective in preventing the spread of harmful germs, yet a large number of people are unaware that they are not washing their hands correctly.

SureWash is an augmented reality hand washing app developed in Ireland to provide proper hand hygiene training to healthcare workers, patients and visitors worldwide.

Developed by health professionals, the app ensures compliance in hand hygiene to World Health Organisation protocol. It delivers training in an engaging manner that encourages participation. It uses gamefication to generate enthusiasm and provides real-time feedback, to help users improve their technique.

The software system also provides infection control personnel with the data necessary to monitor hand hygiene progress and to guarantee positive results.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic SureWash has launched its app to the general public, so that everyone can play their part in stemming community transmission.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), everyone should regularly and thoroughly clean their hands with soap and water, or if that is not available, an alcohol-based hand rub, in order to kill viruses that may be on your hands and protect against infection.

In consideration of the number of shared surfaces that we touch on a daily basis, our hands although not visibly dirty, can still be contaminated.

A large number of people are unaware that they are not washing their hands correctly however, missing key surfaces such as thumbs and finger tips.

Cleaning your hands is vital, not least because not touching your face, the other main piece of advice we receive in relation to Covid-19, is hard to do. Studies show the average human touches their face around 23 times per hour.

The chance of infection substantially increases if we are touching our faces with contaminated hands.

SureWash’s 6-step technique helps users to develop a life-long skill. The consumer version of the SureWash Hand Hygiene APP is available to download on both the Apple and is a replica of the SureWash kiosks that are already in use in hundreds of hospitals around the world.

Watch here how Irish app SureWash provides us with a safe pair of hands

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