The latest in health technology hopes to ensure hospital workers keep their hands clean. Everything from beepers to tracking systems are being used to remind care givers to maintain cleanliness in an effort to control hospital-borne infections.The StarTribune reports:
Hospitals have fretted for years over how to make sure doctors, nurses and staff keep their hands clean, but with only limited success. Now, some are turning to technology — beepers, buzzers, lights and tracking systems that remind workers to sanitize, and chart those who don't.
Health experts say poor hand cleanliness is a factor in hospital-borne infections that kill tens of thousands of Americans each year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta estimates that one of every 20 patients in U.S. hospitals gets a hospital-acquired infection each year.
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