It’s exciting to see new technology offerings emerging. I recently spoke to colleague Michael Mutterer, VP, Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, IL, about what he was doing to drive hand hygiene compliance.
He said: “We’re excited to be early adopters of an NFMI-based electronic hand hygiene monitoring system. It’s the only technology that lets us monitor WHO 5 Moments or “in and out” standards of care. The accuracy is far greater than RFID technologies that, quite frankly, are now outdated. Finally, it’s the most affordable technology we’ve seen to date and that made it easy to cost justify to leadership.”
It’s the right time for hospital leaders to adopt what will most likely become a best practice approach for hand hygiene: electronic monitoring for measurement and direct observation for coaching, feedback and obstacle elimination.