Focus: Infection Control

Chicago-area hospitals using tracking technology to monitor hand hygiene

January 20, 2020

Elmhurst Hospital is among the Chicago-area hospitals now are installing technology to track when and where employees wash their hands, according to an article on the Chicago Tribune website.

Healthcare providers only wash or sanitize their hands only about half as much as they should, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The University of Chicago Medical Center, Elmhurst Hospital, Edward Hospital in Naperville, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park and MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn are all investing in technology that can monitor hand washing and hand sanitizing through electronic sensors.

When an employee cleans his or her hands, a sensor below the soap or alcohol dispenser recognizes the badge and captures that data.

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