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Hand washing compliance

Posted Feb 03 2010 4:31am

Someone told me once that if a hospital was serious about people washing their hands, they would fire anyone who didn’t.  It’s getting closer to that.  From NPR:

… she washes her hands a lot; she guesses at least 100 times a day. But her hospital’s administrators aren’t guessing — they have installed new devices to keep track.

With information transmitted wirelessly through a special badge Stone wears, the hospital can tell when she entered a patient’s room, whether she washed her hands and whether she washed again on the way out. The information is sent to hospital officials, including the CEO.

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