Study Reinforces Previous Research on Positive Impact of Technology on Hand Hygiene

Electronic motion sensor-triggered audible reminders could improve hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

For the study, researchers installed a motion sensor-triggered audible hand hygiene reminder at hospital ward entrances and compared hand hygiene adherence among hospital visitors and staff members eight months pre-intervention and post-intervention.


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Results from the study showed overall hand hygiene adherence improved from 7.6 percent o 49.9 percent. The most immediate change was found among visitors and nonclinical staff. Adherence among clinical staff, including physicians, nurses and physiotherapists, increased more gradually. Researchers also saw a sustained positive change in hand hygiene compliance among visitors and clinical staff but not among nonclinical staff.

Researchers concluded this type of healthcare technology, in addition other hand hygiene interventions, may help improve compliance.

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