Clean Hospitals is proud to see the innovation of its members is recognized.
Tork demonstrates that new technologies can improve education and training, leading to greater patient safety.
Moreover, innovation, research and development are crucial pillars in the global objective of improving healthcare hygiene. Supporting innovation initiatives is an intrinsic part of our vision.
Tork an engaged Clean Hospitals member
Tork offers professional hygiene products and services to customers worldwide ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and manufacturing facilities. Tork is a global brand of Essity, and a committed partner to customers in over 110 countries. Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company dedicated to improving well-being through products and services, essentials for everyday life. The name Essity stems from the word’s essentials and necessities. Our sustainable business model creates value for people and nature. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries.
VR Clean Hands Training from Tork
The interactive hand hygiene training simulation, Tork VR Clean Hands Training app, was awarded this year’s Amsterdam Innovation Award 2020 in the Related Products/Services category. The VR training lets users practice WHO’s “5 Moments of Hand Hygiene” in a series of real-life situations to increase hand hygiene compliance, which ultimately can save lives.
On May 12th, the jury announced the winners of the prestigious Interclean Innovation Awards for each of four categories. The awards highlight the industry’s most innovative products that really make a difference, and the Tork VR Clean Hands Training app received the Category Winner award for Related Products / Services.
“5 to 10% of all hospital patients are affected by HAIs, resulting in about 136,000 deaths per year in Europe and North America*. We are very proud of our VR training, which clearly contributes to the healthcare professionals’ work life as well as improves patient safety.”, says Tom Bergin Marketing Director Healthcare for Tork at Essity.
The Tork VR Clean Hands Training app was created as a way to address the challenges healthcare professionals of today face. A study conducted by Tork found that 80% of healthcare professionals would like to improve their hand hygiene compliance. But traditional forms of hand hygiene training are often perceived as uninspiring. By moving the training into a virtual world, research shows a significant potential to improve learning outcomes while also enabling it to be performed anywhere.
“This innovative solution for hand hygiene training would not have been possible without the close collaboration with both healthcare professionals and world leading experts in hand hygiene and behavioral science. Together we have created an engaging way to help healthcare professionals improve hand hygiene and reduce the risk of HAIs in the world”, says Jenny Logenius, Global Brand Innovation Manager Skincare Healthcare for Tork at Essity.
The jury was highly impressed by this user-friendly method of maintaining hand hygiene compliance in healthcare settings. The accessibility of ensuring ongoing training on-site in order to improve standards is a true innovation. The Virtual Reality approach is essential to stimulate behavioral change in a fun and engaging way. It is the perfect solution for the well-recognized need to educate people worldwide on hand hygiene. “We encourage Tork to develop more digital tools concerning hand hygiene in the future, also for further segments and the general public”, said Ronald Bruins, jury member and Chief Editor of Service Management.
Learn more about Tork VR Clean Hands Training and download the app for free here.
All best wishes of success to this Innovation!
Well Done Jenny and the Tork team !