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Real Time Monitoring of When you Washed your Hands – Don’t Touch that Patient Until You Have Washed Your Hands

Posted Jun 03 2009 1:02pm

The way the system operated with the bedside monitor, the patient will see the green light too, so they will know if you have washed your hands image too.   If the green light doesn’t appear you get a reminder to stop and wash with your ID tag that will vibrate.  I can say this is better than a voice calling out.   This is a full on data trail of who and when hands have been washed.  Read below to see an example of the reporting functions.  If you missed a hand washing, it will show.   The reports can also be exported to an Excel spreadsheet too. 

It may sound a bit intrusive, but when you stop and think about it, the system can be useful in keeping everyone clean with sink duties.  If there’s a case of an MRSA breakout, well you guessed it, the reports may even help find a potential culprit who didn’t wash their hands.   Amazing how this works in the fact that it tells if your hands have the washing gel on them too, so it appears to be a hard system to cheat and it knows where you washed your hands too.  If you use gloves it will also remind you to wash after de-gloving.  Sensors are slated to last for 3 years.  Hand washing will never be the same.  BD

From the website:

The patent pending HyGreen system consists of a handwash sensing device mounted next to each gel or soap dispenser, a bed monitor at everypatient bed, and an electronic ID-badge holder worn by each healthcare worker. When the employee applies gel or soap to their hands, they simply place their hands under the handwash sensing device. This simple sweep of the hand starts a dynamic chain of events.  The handwash sensing device confirms that the hand has soap or gel on it while instantly identifying the employee. Simultaneously, a green LED light on the employee badge is illuminated verifying to the healthcare worker and the patient that a hand wash event has occurred.  Also, the date, time and location of the handwash event is wirelessly transmitted to the central server.

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When the employee comes within 2-3 feet of a patient bed,  a proximity sensing bed monitor wirelessly verifies that the healthcare worker badge is illuminated.  If the badge is not illuminated when it comes into the proximity of the bed monitor, the badge vibrates a reminder to the healthcare worker to wash their hands. The illuminated green LED light gives the patient "peace of mind," knowing that the healthcare worker’s hands have been washed.
The data collected by the HyGreen system on hand washing and patient interaction allows the hospital’s infectious disease staff to monitor hand washing compliance, thus enabling more effective training and follow-up.

Reports Available:

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Call it a Breathalyzer for the hands. Using sensors capable of detecting drugs in breath, new technology developed at University of Florida monitors health-care workers' hand hygiene by detecting sanitizer or soap fumes given off from their hands.

By reminding workers to clean their hands to remove disease-causing organisms such as the bacteria MRSA, the system could help reduce hospital-acquired infections and save millions of dollars now spent to treat them.

The trademarked system, called HyGreen, logs, down to the second, the frequency of hand cleaning and contact with patients in a database that clinical supervisors can review immediately.

Soap-sniffing technology encourages hand washing to reduce hospital-acquired infections, save money

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