Safety

How to catch a doctor ... dirty handed

OSHA Healthcare Connection, February 1, 2011

Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers will soon face the prospect being caught for not washing their hands with a new system that uses wireless components to monitor hand hygiene practices.

A pilot program developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School will have caregivers wearing special badges on lab coats or scrubs that turn a dark shade of red if components in the doors, soap dispensers, and beds of patient rooms signal that proper hand hygiene was not followed.

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