Live from Industry: Automated Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring: What Does the Evidence Say?
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Automated hand hygiene compliance monitoring systems (AHHMS) have been available to the healthcare market for over a decade, yet it is estimated that between 5 and 10% of US hospital beds are currently monitored under such systems. Infection Preventionists have long been aware of the limitations of the current gold standard for hand hygiene monitoring, direct observation, yet for many this is still the method primarily employed. One prominent patient safety organization, the Leapfrog Group, has emerged as a supporter and driver of the adoption of AHHMS, and hospitals that install these systems receive a better hand hygiene safety grade score. Many hospitals are reticent to adopt AHHMS for various reasons, including cost, concerns around accuracy and validation, an overall perceived lack of data to support the investment and “Big Brother” apprehension among frontline healthcare workers. This presentation will provide an overview of the published evidence surrounding AHHMS.
At the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to:
- Briefly explain the benefits and limitations of direct observation and AHHMS
- Describe the published evidence surrounding AHHMS
- Discuss future needed studies to advance AHHMS in healthcare
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