Hand gel ‘pedometer’

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A study abstract by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center presented at the annual American Society of Anesthesiologists conference reveals a promising new approach to healthcare hand hygiene and hospital infection rate reductions using new personal sanitizer dispensers with electronic measures.

Tracking before-and-after infection rates in a 26-bed intensive care unit (ICU), researchers found that by introducing the use of personal sanitizer dispensers by healthcare providers, significant improvements in hand hygiene adherence corresponded to reductions in healthcare acquired infections (HAIs). 

The study documented improvements in both catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSI) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). “During the before study period CRBSI rates were 4.6/1000 line days compared with 1.7/1000 line days in the after group, a 63% reduction.

The personal dispensers include the ability to record time stamp records every time the dispenser is used. The results are downloaded using a USB cable that connects a computer to the dispensers. The system uses the electronic performance data to empower frontline healthcare providers to improve their hand hygiene.

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Tracking before-and-after infection rates in a 26-bed intensive care unit (ICU), researchers found that by introducing the use of personal sanitizer dispensers by healthcare providers, significant improvements in hand hygiene adherence corresponded to reductions in healthcare acquired infections (HAIs). 

The study documented improvements in both catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSI) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). “During the before study period CRBSI rates were 4.6/1000 line days compared with 1.7/1000 line days in the after group, a 63% reduction. 

The personal dispensers include the ability to record time stamp records every time the dispenser is used. The results are downloaded using a USB cable that connects a computer to the dispensers. The system uses the electronic performance data to empower frontline healthcare providers to improve their hand hygiene.

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