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iPhone app monitors handwashing compliance

July 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN — Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) physicians, nurses and IT specialists have collaborated to create a wireless software application to more efficiently document and report hand hygiene compliance, according to a press release.

The VUMC Hand Hygiene Committee, a team of physicians and nurses working together to tackle the issue, began exploring alternatives for data collection and began a collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology's Perioperative Informatics group, the release stated.

According to the release, this collaboration led to the creation of a mobile application (app) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices; individuals monitoring clinical areas can now send electronically recorded observations directly to a database for immediate processing.

"The development of this quality improvement tool is the result of a successful partnership between the Hand Hygiene Committee, Perioperative Informatics and the Vanderbilt Center for Clinical Improvement," said associate Vanderbilt University Hospital director Nancye Feistritzer, MSN, RN.

"Claudette Fergus, a quality consultant with the Vanderbilt Center for Clinical Improvement, has been training hand hygiene observers across the VUMC campus and making sure the accountability program is properly and consistently implemented. This mobile app, combined with the proper observation protocol, has made this process much more efficient and accurate," Feistritzer added.

Click here to read the complete release.