Handwashing compliance increases with electronic monitoring, study finds

Electronic reminders helped increase hand-hygiene compliance among nurses in Canada, according to research published this month in the journal Computers, Informatics, Nursing. Researchers developed the system--which automatically detected handwashing opportunities and recorded hygiene actions--and installed it at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Nurses wore badges connected with sensors in patient areas that buzzed whenever they failed to wash their hands. When the research team had the prompting and visual indication functions disabled, nurses only washed their hands 2.97 times an hour. Once the reminder function was turned on, hand-washing compliance increased to 6.6 hand washings per hour. >> Read the full report fromFierceHealthIT