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Greenville Health System uses computer technology to monitor hand hygiene

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A computer chip records hand sanitizing activity within GHS (FOX Carolina) A computer chip records hand sanitizing activity within GHS (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

There is a lot of high-tech equipment nowadays in hospitals, but at Greenville Memorial even the hand sanitizer and soap dispensers are high-tech.

"There is a computer chip in all of the dispensers that records it," said Sue Boeker, an infection preventionist at Greenville Health System. "Everytime the healthcare worker uses the sanitizer or the soap, it sends an electronic signal that says that they used it."

That signal goes to a computer that monitors sanitizing activity within the hospital. Come January 2014, all the hospitals within GHS will implement the technology. Greenville Memorial was the first in the nation to test it out, beginning in 2010.

It is called the DebMed Group Monitoring System, and GHS officials are confident it will lead to more hygiene compliance. With the test period, Greenville Memorial Hospital saw a 90 percent compliance rate, but they are hoping employees will sanitize and wash regularly of their own free will, not because they know they are being monitored.

"We're not going to say 'This healthcare worker didn't clean their hands at this moment.' We want to make it a group effort," said Boeker.

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