HyGreen, new electronic hand hygiene monitor, reminds healthcare workers to wash their hands and records all hand washing events and patient-staff interactions in the hospital.

Employees wear badges equipped with sensors. When they apply soap or gel from the HyGreen dispenser, the sensor turns green and the employee badge blinks green. A wireless signal documents the healthcare worker ID, time and location and sends it to a database. HyGreen bed monitors then recognize the blinking green badges of caregivers who have washed their hands. If the badge is not green, the badge will vibrate to remind them to wash. The data provided by HyGreen can help hospitals understand and improve hand-washing behavior.

Miami Children’s Hospital witnessed an 89 percent reduction in healthcare associated infections over a six-month period after installing the HyGreen System. The results were presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.