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News spotlight: New technology detects nurses’ dirty hands

Nurse Leader Insider, September 28, 2009

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A new technology to monitor hand hygiene being tested at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond can detect whether healthcare professionals have washed their hands before entering patients' rooms, reports Medical News Today.

The technology features a wireless, credit card-sized sensor worn around the neck of a healthcare provider, which is connected to a sensor in the patient's room. When a healthcare provider walks into the room, a signal is sent to the card to sense whether the person's hands have ethyl alcohol on them, a common ingredient in hand cleansing solutions in hospitals. If no alcohol is detected, a red light is displayed.

The device was developed by BioVigil, LLC.

Source: Medical News Today.



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