In the news: New technology detects dirty hands

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, September 21, 2009

 A new technology will soon be available that could detect whether you have washed your hands before entering a patient's room, 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, developed by BioVigil, LLc, will be piloted at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA.


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