In the past, inhouse spies have monitored compliance. In the near future, radio-frequency monitoring will be used.
Because at a hospital, an employee with dirty hands can have severe consequences for a patient. So the University of New Mexico Hospital is going to spend upward of a million dollars over the next several years on technology that will serve as a hand-hygiene watchdog of sorts to ensure physicians and other staff have cleaned their hands before touching patients. It will also allow hospital officials to track which doctors, nurses and other staff skimp on the sanitizer.
“Our goal is patient safety,” said Dr. Meghan Brett, an infectious disease physician at UNMH and the hospital epidemiologist. “If we can do a better job of tracking hand hygiene then I think we can do a better job of keeping our patients safe.”