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Monitoring System Stops Hospital Infections with Traffic Light Camera to Capture Hand Hygiene Violators

ISLIP, N.Y., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 5th, the World Health Organization launched a worldwide initiative called SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands ( More lives are lost to Hospital Acquired Infections than car accidents, breast cancer and HIV combined. Over 2 million patients are affected and 100,000 people a year die from HAIs such as MRSA, at a combined medical cost far exceeding $50 billion. The CDC estimates that at least half of all hospital infections are preventable through good hand hygiene. Currently, only 40% of hospital workers sanitize their hands.

When implemented, this recently developed, active surveillance hygiene monitoring system assures patients virtual 100% compliance with hand washing protocol by all hospital personnel while at the same time reducing staff workload by eliminating many unnecessary hand-cleaning procedures! Utilizing a proprietary concept, the patient is completely surrounded by an invisible, electro-static Bio-Field. Any intrusion into this field by persons not properly sanitized will be immediately detected and the violator's identity recorded. Capable of identifying and tracking those persons who have and have not satisfactorily sanitized their hands prior to contact with the patient, the system provides a caution message to the hospital workers and visitors alike relating to their hygiene status prior to entering the Bio-Field. Digital imaging locates the HCW and determines their direction and proximity to the patient. Fixed base and portable personal sanitizing dispensers interact with a digital display screen with color coordinated visual and audio messages reflecting a person's hygiene status and proximity to the patient. Individuals who have successfully complied with hygiene rules are respectively acknowledged by color-coded animated images and graphics on the display screen. Digital imaging and logic allows the system to anticipate specific actions by hospital staff that may result in contact with the patient before they actually occur. Intelligent monitoring minimizes the generation of false warnings while reducing unnecessary, time-consuming hand washing when caregiver/patient contamination is not probable, such as simple viewing of a monitor or offering a greeting to a patient. Similar in function to a red light traffic camera, those who fail to follow proper hygiene protocol receive a warning and images of their violation are recorded and stored for administrative action.

The risk of serious hospital infections from contaminated, unwashed hands has been well known for over 150 years. Even with the best-faith efforts on the part of hospital administrators, getting overworked hospital staff to change their patterns of hand hygiene has resulted in a nominal 40% compliance rate. "Implementation of a program utilizing active electronic monitoring of all health care workers and visitors regarding their hand hygiene status when contacting a patient will assure a near 100% hygiene rule compliance with a concomitant reduction in hospital infections and deaths," says bio-engineer Dr. Richard Deutsch, who invented the patent pending, interactive system. "Now, when patients are visited by their doctors and nurses, everyone will know if proper hygiene precautions have been taken beforehand and the entire health care system will greatly benefit in lives and dollars saved."

Locals suitable for this digital imaging hygiene detection and compliance design include hospitals, outpatient medical facilities and extended care facilities. Pictures, descriptions and additional details for the Safe-Hands interactive hygiene monitoring system can be found at .


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