Study: Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring Boosts Compliance Rates 92%

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A hand hygiene program that included an electronic compliance monitoring system improved a hospital's compliance rates 92 percent in three months, according to a study by GOJO Industries.

The hospital implemented an electronic compliance activity monitoring system at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. The electronic compliance system was part of a broader hand hygiene program for healthcare workers, patients and visitors. Other elements of the program included education and feedback for staff.

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The electronic system tracked hand hygiene monitored the use of hand sanitizers or soap at all patient room entries and exits to compare the number of events with the number of hand hygiene opportunities.

From June to September 2012, hand hygiene compliance rates increased from 16.5 percent to 31.7 percent, an increase of 92 percent. In the post-study period, the compliance rate dropped to 25.8 percent, which is still roughly 56 percent above baseline.

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