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Michigan IT Companies Helping the University of Miami Center for Patient Safety Tackle a Leading Cause of Death Using an RTLS Solution to Monitor Staff Hand-Washing Compliance
Date:7/29/2009

for hospitals seeking to improve patient care and processes while greatly reducing costs," said Farida Ali, DCC President & CEO. "This is just one example of how innovative technologies are transforming the way we deliver care. Everyone is a stakeholder."

Henry Tenarvitz, Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Versus agrees, "It is very important to Versus Technology that we provide solutions that not only reduce the potential for hospital acquired infections, but do so in a way that increases hospital staff efficiency." Tenarvitz continued, "Our commitment to making compliance systems affordable has driven Versus to discover ways to leverage existing nurse call infrastructure to control installation costs."

The UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety is planning to use the system to train students, resident physicians and nurses, and to advance their mission of preventing medical errors and improving patient safety.

"The expertise of these partners is the ideal complement for our mission, and together we can create a culture of patient safety," said Dr. Birnbach.

How big is the HAI problem?

"Americans don't expect to get additional infections when they go into the hospital. Stopping health care associated infections and improving the quality of care is one of our top priorities," stated HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in an press release earlier this month.

According to the CDC, HAIs account for about 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths each year. Most of these are preventable by proper hand washing. Here are a few facts from the CDC's March 2009 report on the direct medical costs of HAIs.

  • There are about 4.5 HAIs for every 100 hospital admissions.
  • Direct annual costs to US hospitals (adjusted for inflation) range from $28.4-$33.8 billion to $35.7 - $45 billion.
  • Anywhere from about 20-70 percent o
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