ICUs in North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY are using LED displays to provide instant reminders and feedback to staff:
The initiative is based on a system developed by a private company called Arrowsight. It employs video-surveillance of staff as they enter and exit patient rooms. Random snippets of video are monitored by employees in India who rate each event as pass or fail. Nurse managers receive close-to-realtime information about hand hygiene rates, and the LED displays provide positive reinforcement when the hand hygiene rate for the shift meets the target.
- Hand hygiene compliance has improved from 6.5% to over 80%.
- Rates of hospital-acquired infection are reported to have dropped.
- The culture of the institution with respect to hand hygiene appears to be changing.