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Soap-Sniffing Technology & Hand Hygiene

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

I ran into an article on ScienceDaily.com about new “soap-sniffing technology” developed by the University of Florida. The new technology, which is designed to improve hand hygiene compliance within hospitals, is called HyGreen. It is being tested in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Shands at UF Medical Center. The group plans to present the technology at the annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology June 6 to June 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Here’s how it works: The health-care worker squirts sanitizer gel or soap into his or her hand before passing it under a wall-mounted sensor. A wireless signal from a badge worn by the worker activates a green light on the hand-washing sensor. When the worker enters a patient room, a monitor near the bed detects the status of the badge, and flashes green if the person has clean hands. If the person has not washed, or too much time has passed between washing and approaching the patient, the badge will give a gentle “reminder” vibration.” (Source: ScienceDaily.com)

Not only is this interesting and innovative technology, but the article (based on a press release from the University of Florida) is extremely well-crafted. It gives a great rationale for making the investment in hand hygiene. It is well worth checking out online at http://tinyurl.com/pqekep.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

I ran into an article on ScienceDaily.com about new “soap-sniffing technology” developed by the University of Florida. The new technology, which is designed to improve hand hygiene compliance within hospitals, is called HyGreen. It is being tested in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Shands at UF Medical Center. The group plans to present the technology at the annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology June 6 to June 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Here’s how it works: The health-care worker squirts sanitizer gel or soap into his or her hand before passing it under a wall-mounted sensor. A wireless signal from a badge worn by the worker activates a green light on the hand-washing sensor. When the worker enters a patient room, a monitor near the bed detects the status of the badge, and flashes green if the person has clean hands. If the person has not washed, or too much time has passed between washing and approaching the patient, the badge will give a gentle “reminder” vibration.” (Source: ScienceDaily.com)

Not only is this interesting and innovative technology, but the article (based on a press release from the University of Florida) is extremely well-crafted. It gives a great rationale for making the investment in hand hygiene. It is well worth checking out online at http://tinyurl.com/pqekep.

Post by Dan Dunlop, The Healthcare Marketer

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