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One Israeli company's solution to rampant healthcare-acquired infections.
When we go to the hospital, we count on doctors and nurses to get us healthy, not make us sick—so why are so many health care professionals skipping out on the single most important factor in preventing healthcare-associated infections?
Recent research shows that many hospital employees simply aren’t cutting it when it comes to washing their hands. Studies show that compliance to hand-washing among healthcare workers averages only 40 percent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this unhealthy habit can mean higher bills for the entire healthcare system since so many patients pick up infections while in the hospital.
One group, however, thinks it has a surefire way to make sure doctors are washing their hands. Israeli company Hyginex seeks to improve hand-cleansing compliance by asking docs to wear wristbands that will wirelessly alert them when its time to wash their hands.
Ecouterre provides a useful definition of how the wristband alert system works:
The Hyginex system comprises a cloud-based network of smart wristbands and sensor-equipped faucet, soap, and sanitizer dispensers. If you’re a doctor or nurse approaching a new patient, your presence will trigger a nearby sensor. The unit will then beam a wireless signal to the wristband, setting off an LED light and then a light vibration to remind you to wash your hands. Like a gimlet-eyed schoolmarm, the bracelet also monitors the quality of your hand-washing. Spend too little time rubbing your hands together, for instance, or use too little soap, and it’ll dispatch another friendly warning. This real-time feedback, according to Hyginex, helps staff improve their hand-washing compliance.
Since the sensor-equipped dispensers are placed all around the hospital, administrators can keep both a watchful eye and a detailed log of how hand-washing compliance is going.
So could this Big Brother system of hand-washing actually be effective? According to the company, a two-month trial in an Israeli ICU found that compliance rates rose from 25 percent to 44 percent once the system had been introduced. Another study showed that healthcare workers were washing their hands for longer and with more soap.
Hyginex is currently in use in four different Israeli hospitals, with three more on the way. The company also plans to extend its hygiene system to the United States and Europe.
Sep 1, 2012
The Hyginex company in Israel should expand their thought and concenpt to the Food Service Industry and also anyone involved in Food Handling wherever it might be. This would awaken the world to a very necesary concept of being more hygenic. Even though Serve-Safe and Foodhandlng management certification is in existance. It is by passed in many an area and the wristband lighting up and flashing woud make people more aware of when the necessary basic precautions such as frequent hand washing are not being adhered to throughout the world.
I have had to tell Doctors and other staff many times to wash their hands before touching me! Why should I have to tell them this? This is the first thing we learn as children to wash our hands! The first line of care wash your hands between patients! It has alway happened every time I or family were in the hospital! Could you make it a LAW and give every person in a Hospital one? How about a system that records they did wash or did not! Then they could be sent Home or let go if they did not wash their hands! That includes you Doctors you are the worst at this what bad examples you are.