Facilities turn to electronic surveillance to remind health care staff to wash their hands and verify compliance as they push to reduce health care-associated infections.
With patient care and financial stakes higher than ever, the competition is intensifying among companies that offer or are developing high-tech hand hygiene monitoring systems for use in health care facilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that clean hands are the single most important factor in preventing the spread of pathogens and antibiotic resistance in health care settings. But, despite efforts to counter the trend, hand hygiene compliance rates remain less than 50 percent, states a report by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
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