The Caddy Product Review: Can Sanitation Stations Help Increase Infection Control Compliance Rates?

posted Dec 12, 2011, 3:14 PM by Todd Fox   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 8:18 AM ]
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The “Classroom Caddy” and “Clean Hands Caddy” are hygiene sanitation stations that provide students and staff members with a convenient location for hand hygiene.  Rather than arranging a wordy review, our expert has provided a list of the positive and negative aspects of the Caddy system.  If you have questions about this review or would like a product reviewed (i.e. your organization is considering a number of different vendors, you ARE a vendor and would like a review, you would like to conceptually test a product/service, etc.) please contact us.

 

Product Name: “Classroom Caddy” or “Clean Hands Caddy”

Company: Armor Healthcare

Website: www.ArmorHealthcare.com

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Grade: 8.5/10

Recommendation:  BUY


Positive

·         (+) Seems to be an intuitive response to classroom/healthcare hygiene issues (i.e. proximity, recognition)

·         (+) Helps align the school the school/medical organization along one hygiene system

o   (+) Familiar to staff and students (since same look and feel in each room/class)

o   (+) Less reliance on teachers to buy their own supplies (refills onsite too)

·         (+) A consistent look and feel to hygiene stations (especially in schools) creates a constant reminder of good hygiene principles

·         (+) Clean and simple design

o   (+) Convenient indicator windows to check for refill

·         (+) Addition of a first aid kit (hygiene supplies, etc.) is convenient

o   (-) The lack of signage for the first aid kit needs to be remedied

o   (+/-) Suggested to create a sign for the first aid (make the signs consistent)

·         (+) The Caddy can become a symbol for washing and sanitizing

o   (+) It can also become a known area to store first aid kit supplies as well

·         (+) The design, to hang on the wall, keeps the Caddy out of walkways and off desk/countertops

o   (+) Doesn’t require a stand


Negative

·         (-/+) Only real option for the Caddy is to hang it

o   (-) What if there is not a convenient area to hang it?

o   (-) What if the wall cannot support the weight of the Caddy?

·         (-) The design is a little bulky and heavy

o   (-) Is the internal storage of multiple containers necessary?

§  It would be less bulky if storage reduced but it would require more frequent refills

·         (-) The name “Infection Control Station” likely isn’t the best term to be used in classrooms (teachers and students may not be familiar with infection control)

o   Possible replacement names may include more teacher/student friendly terms: Hygiene, Cleaning Station, Hand Washing Station, Sanitation Station, etc.?

o   Consider making your own signs and reminders on the Caddy

·         (-) The Caddy is an expensive per unit system (especially if any price burden is to be shared with the teacher)

o   However, it will lessen as it becomes a permanent fixture in classrooms/healthcare room

·         (-) At this point, the Caddy is relatively new and doesn’t have the track record of other proven systems

o   Credibility will build as the system matures in the industry(s)


              

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