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Pilot Study Shows Effectiveness of New, Low-cost Method for Monitoring Hand Hygiene Compliance

March 19, 2009

computing graphic Epidemiologists and computer scientists at the University of Iowa have collaborated to create a new low-cost, green technology for automatically tracking the use of hand hygiene dispensers before health-care workers enter and after they exit patient rooms. This novel method of monitoring hand hygiene compliance, which is essential for infection control in hospitals, was released today at the annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Full Story

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