Hospitals’ high-tech tools track who’s washing their hands

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More hospitals are exploring new technological alternatives to the traditional “secret shopper” method of monitoring whether physicians, nurses and other health professionals clean their hands when they are supposed to.

Systems using wireless, infrared, radio frequency identification and alcohol-sensing technology offer the promise of more accurate data on hand-hygiene compliance while gently reminding forgetful health professionals to wash up before interacting with patients. So far, hospitals are using the technology to gauge their hand-hygiene performance and encourage compliance while steering clear of using the data in punitive ways.

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