Hand Hygiene Improvement Program – Electronic Monitoring and Compliance

Sarah Edmonds, Scientist at GOJO.MedicalResearch.com eInterview with: Sarah Edmonds, Scientist at GOJO.

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study?

Answer: Implementation of electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring with a clinical hand hygiene program significantly increased hand hygiene compliance rates, with rates during the study period being 92% higher than at baseline.

MedicalResearch.com: Were any of the findings unexpected?

Answer: While not necessarily unexpected we did find that electronic compliance monitoring alone may not be sufficient to raise compliance rates for a sustained period of time. After the clinical program concluded there was a significant drop in compliance rates so it is important to continue to monitor hand hygiene rates and continue to promote the program to sustain increased hand hygiene compliance.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Answer: Electronically monitoring hand hygiene compliance will provide you with a wealth of data, but it is only one piece of the puzzle.  It is important to have a hand hygiene program in place to enable continuous improvement, otherwise sustainable compliance improvement may not be possible.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Answer: Additional data is needed to understand the impact of the electronic compliance monitoring program on clinical outcomes such as infection rates.


“Impact of Electronic Monitoring and a Hand Hygiene Improvement Program on Compliance Rates” at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference, June 8-10, 2013.

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GOJO presents electronic hand hygiene compliance study at APIC conference

Study shows hospitals adopting electronic hand hygiene systems could have sustained improvement

AKRON, Ohio, (May 28, 2013) – GOJO Industries, a leader in hand hygiene and skin health and inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, will present its scientific research study, “Impact of Electronic Monitoring and a Hand Hygiene Improvement Program on Compliance Rates” at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference, June 8-10, 2013.

Sarah Edmonds, M.S., senior clinical scientist at GOJO lead the study. The research was conducted on two units of an acute care facility in Fort Worth, Texas from June – October 2012 using GOJO SMARTLINKTM Activity Monitoring System. With the SMARTLINK technology, the data is collected and transmitted from the wireless technology and used by the infection preventionist to understand the actual number of hand hygiene opportunities compared to the actual dispenses of hand hygiene products. With data, the hospital can then investigate high and low compliance areas to learn from and provide the appropriate support to improve and sustain hand hygiene compliance.

Regarding the study, Edmonds said, “We were able to measure a significant increase in hand hygiene compliance over baseline during the intervention period and also observed a sustained improvement in compliance for approximately two months post-intervention. We are excited about working with infection preventionists where SMARTLINK installations are occurring to help them improve hand hygiene compliance rates at their facilities. It is important to note that the technology alone will not drive sustained change and there needs to be a whole systems approach, but the real-time, 24/7 metrics certainly help.”

GOJO is working with many leading hospitals to implement GOJO SMARTLINK Hand Hygiene Solutions. With the installation, hospitals are provided a comprehensive set of products, dispensers, measurement tools, and services to improve clinical hand hygiene in pursuit of improved patient outcomes.

The importance and trend toward hand hygiene compliance is increasing due to the number of healthcare associated infections (HAI.) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5-10 percent of all hospitalized will get a HAI while in the hospital, which accounts to 1.7 million infections annually and 99,000 deaths. The CDC recommends keeping hands clean as one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.1

Along with the study presentation and SMARTLINK demonstration at APIC 2013, GOJO is also sponsoring the Point of Care Hand Hygiene symposium on June 8, at 5:30 a.m. with presenters Julie Storr, B.N. and Claire Kilpatrick, R.N., independent consultants with the World Health Organization. Two contact hours of CE credits will be offered. Register for the symposium at http://tradeshows.gojo.com. The GOJO booth at APIC is 1615 and 1716.


About GOJO

GOJO Industries, Inc. (http://www.gojo.com) is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

1 http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/


Last Updated on May 30, 2013 by Marie Benz MD FAAD