"The Clean-Trace System is a game changer for our healthcare facility partners, who share our mission of reducing HAIs," said Debra Rectenwald, 3M Infection Prevention Division president and general manager. "This ATP Hygiene Management System is a frontline tool that will revolutionize environmental hygiene and is a key part of our mission is to put together all the elements of a superior hygiene monitoring solution. In addition, 3M offers education, protocols, service, compliance tools and a cleaning portfolio, all of which round out our full range of unique Environmental Hygiene Solutions for our customers' infection prevention arsenals."
Making positive changes for a cleaner healthcare environment
Currently, an approximate 150 hospitals and healthcare facilities across the U.S. are using Clean-Trace. One of those facilities is Tampa General Hospital, which houses the area's only level 1 trauma center and one of four burn centers in the state. John Scolaro, Certified Healthcare Environmental Service Professional and director of environmental/textile services, is responsible for overseeing environmental cleaning at the West Central Florida medical facility. Like many hospitals, Tampa General used careful visual inspection and periodic, random culture sampling and laboratory testing, but Scolaro sought a more intensive, real-time method to help monitor and confirm cleaning effectiveness. Since 2009, Tampa General has been using the 3M Clean-Trace Hygiene Management System and already has seen positive results.
According to Scolaro, the ability to confirm cleaning performance by individual touch point and cleaning staff member has led to improved results and has helped change the infection prevention dynamic in the facility.
"The significant improvement from 85 percent to 96 percent in compliance scores can be attributed to the provision of immediate performance feedback and the consequent ability to assess and refine our procedures," Scolaro said. "It is now possible to demonstrate performance differences between proper and improper cleaning, on the spot. This system is, in effect, making the invisible visible and has quickly become a very important tool for us."
In addition, the Clean-Trace System has become an effective cleaning tool and positive motivator for the cleaning staff. "Our staff can see first-hand what works and are able to change their practices to consistently meet the standard," Scolaro said.
The 3M Clean-Trace Hygiene Management System currently is available for environmental hygiene use. 3M expects to introduce Clean-Trace applications for surgical instruments and endoscopes later in 2011.