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Study: Electronic monitoring can improve hand hygiene

July 24, 2013

AKRON, OH — An independent research study was conducted at the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, to determine the impact on hand hygiene compliance rates when the hospital hand hygiene program included an electronic compliance activity monitoring system, according to a press release.

The authors concluded that during the study period of June to September 2012, there was a 92 percent increase in hand hygiene compliance rates (from 16.5 percent at baseline to 31.7 percent) when an electronic monitoring system was included in a hand hygiene program, the release stated.

"Through the study, we found that implementation of an electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system as part of a clinical hand hygiene program can significantly increase hand hygiene compliance," said Sarah Edmonds, GOJO scientist and lead author of the study.

"We also are aware that additional data is needed to better understand the impact of electronic compliance monitoring programs on clinical outcomes, such as infection rates," Edmonds added.

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