Thursday, May 21, 2009
Improving hand hygiene in the OR
A study in the May issue of Anesthesiology reports on a small trial of a personal hand hygiene device by anesthesiologists in the OR. The small alcohol dispenser attaches to clothing and contains a microchip that time stamps usage and emits an audible signal every 6 minutes from the last usage to remind the wearer to wash up. Hand hygiene increased 27-fold and significant reductions in bacterial contamination of the anesthesia cart and peripheral IV tubing were documented. Any way that we can harness technology to increase hand hygiene seems like a good idea to me.