Focus: Infection Control

Technology can boost hand-hygiene compliance

Electronic hand-hygiene monitoring more thorough than direct observation

January 24, 2017

Healthcare facility finds that an electronic hand-hygiene monitoring program is more thorough than direct observation, according to an article on the Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality website.

Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill., hasn't been penalized under the HAC Reduction Program since the program started in 2015. A large factor is its high hand-hygiene compliance.

The hospital hung hand hygiene posters around the facility to remind nurses and physicians to wash their hands, instituting nurse champions to serve as "cheerleaders for hand hygiene" and including daily reminders of WHO's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene during daily unit huddles.

Riverside also added two high-tech hand-hygiene improvement initiatives that helped raise compliance from 57 percent to 79 percent.

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