Nurses Monitored for Hand Hygiene

At the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, nurses are wearing devices around their necks to remind them to wash their hands:

“Nurses on the 21-bed unit wear the monitors, and there are containers of hand sanitizer and gloves outside of patient rooms.

When a nurse walks into a patient’s room, a wall-mounted sensor sends a signal to the badge to check for the presence of alcohol.

The nurse places her hands near the badge, which takes a reading. A green light indicates the presence of alcohol. A red light indicates that no alcohol and the need to cleanse hands.

“All the information from that badge is wirelessly transmitted to a central station where you could watch everybody’s hand-hygiene compliance in real time by person,“ Edmond said.” (SC



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