Secret monitors find hospital hand washing rate lower than expected, prompting move to e-surveillance

Secret monitors find hospital hand washing rate lower than expected  #DigitalHealth #IoT

  • Overall, the “covert” monitors found compliance was 50 per cent, compared to the official rate of 84 per cent.
  • The facilities hope an automated system will be more accurate than the hand-washing “auditors” used across the country now; staff usually know when they’re being watched and act .
  • The Toronto hospitals are putting together a study of electronic monitoring, which would probably be used in addition to the human auditors, she said.
  • Medical students in the study who secretly monitored hand cleaning found that just half of nurses and doctors at a major Toronto hospital soap up as required – far lower than the official rate divulged publicly.
  • And while some other research – and Sunnybrook’s own numbers – indicate that doctors are less conscientious about hand washing than nurses, the study found similar performance in the two groups.

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Health officials hope an automated system will be more accurate than the ‘auditors’ used now; staff usually know when they’re being watched and act accordingly


Secret monitors find hospital hand washing rate lower than expected, prompting move to e-surveillance

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