Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring

Traditionally, healthcare facilities have measured the hand hygiene compliance of their staff through manual direct observation. However, studies show that this method is labor intensive, expensive, and only accounts for less than 5% of all hand hygiene events. Additionally, the most significant disadvantage is the potential to influence the behavior of those who know they are being observed. This is known as, the Hawthorne Effect and has been proven to cause grossly inflated hand hygiene compliance rates.

About the technology

Combining a real-time location system (RTLS)-enabled badge with a sensor-equipped hand-sanitizing dispenser, our technology solution

  • captures 100% of hand hygiene compliance and noncompliance events 24/7
  • is deployable as a stand-alone solution or as part of an enterprise-wide platform in which data can be viewed at the hospital-, department-, or individual-level
  • allows healthcare facilities to audit hand hygiene processes, reduce the spread of unnecessary infections, improve patient outcomes, and lower costs
  • generates reports demonstrating compliance to support Joint Commission requirements

How the technology works:

  • staff badges communicate with hand sanitizing dispensers to automatically collect hand washing compliance data
  • staff are gently reminded when he/she fails to comply with hand hygiene protocols
  • does not require a change in normal hand-washing procedures and it is not subject to human error or reactive bias

Some of the main benefits of these solutions include:

  • Proactively increases compliance
  • Reduces the number of HAIs
  • Reduces treatment costs and length of stay associated with HAIs
  • Eliminates time spent doing data entry and building reports to demonstrate compliance
  • Identifies where additional interventions are needed through comprehensive analysis tools
  • Improves clinical workflow with no change in established hand hygiene protocols

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