We tested the technology in the Duke University Medical Center, and determined that it had several technical limitations that would require additional investment to overcome.
Each year, two million patients develop HAIs; 90,000 die from complications relating to these infections; and US hospitals spend about $2 billion combating them. Treating HAIs cost hospitals $40,000-$60,000 per patient and require, on average, nine extra days in the hospital. According to the CDC, 20% of these HAIs are preventable through health care workers’ adherence to strict hand-washing guidelines, with the biggest improvements in center line associated blood-stream infections (CLABSI) and ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP).
The cost of preventable infections is on par with other serious medical problems that receive substantial investment and attention, including stroke, diabetes mellitus, and chronic obstructive lung disease. These costs are substantial, and will now affect hospitals directly.
Our solution is the Wash Technology LLC., RFID hand hygiene tracking system, which is composed of three products, RFID badges for healthcare workers, RFID transmitting soap dispensers and IT data management solutions. The hand hygiene compliance data will be organized into an easily interpreted graphical user interface for hospital administrators to assess and implement changes to increase compliance. Not only will the Wash Technology LLC., system be more accurate, but unlike auditors, it will be able to monitor compliance in every patient room, 24 hours per day, and 7 days per week.