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“ Health care workers’ failure to clean their hands is the most important cause of hospital-based infections, which are the fourth-leading cause of death in America and cost our health care system some $40 billion a year. ”

 Tina Rosenberg, New York Times


“ Our hospital's statistics show what studies everywhere else have shown -- that we doctors and nurses wash our hands one-third to one-half as often as we are supposed to. ”

 Atul Gawande




Breaking the HAI Status Quo

Altitude Medical was formed by medics, scientists, engineers and public health experts. We are frustrated at the lack of interest and innovation in fighting hospital acquired infections and are striving for a step change

Benchmark studies have demonstrated that hospital acquired infections, which affect 1.7 million and kill 99,000 patients each year, are largely preventable if healthcare staff sanitize their hands between patient encounters. If there were a simple solution to prevent deaths resulting from breast cancer, car crashes or HIV, it would be scandalous that it were not implemented swiftly and ubiquitously.

Hospital acquired infections kill more than all of these public health issues combined, and yet a status quo seems to have emerged around prevention. Despite aggressive and costly efforts to improve hand hygiene adherence, we have reached a stable status quo of low adherence and mutual frustration. Experts on the topic have noted that it is difficult to change behavior. There is a stalemate between hospital administrators who try to push for adherence and staff who find it cumbersome to remember, and sometimes disruptive to normal workflow to find a filled dispenser.

Healthcare needs a step-change solution focused on the principle that design can change behavior.

PullClean Hand Sanitizing Door Handle

Our device offers a completely new way to clean hands. Everybody knows that door handles can pass on infections and many companies have tried to develop solutions to keep door handles clean, while hospitals have introduced expensive new automatic doors. Our products turn this thinking on its head. We see door handles as an opportunity to enhance hand cleanliness. PullClean was developed to be user-friendly and easy to fit. In fact, swapping your door-handles for our device is as easy as fitting any other door handle and after one pull, users understand the concept. PullClean issues both alcohol-based and non-alcohol sanitizer gel and is refillable via a simple replaceable cartridge.

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