Hospitals Still Struggle With Hand Hygiene

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (June 28, 2013)—Health experts say poor hand cleanliness is a factor in hospital-borne infections that kill tens of thousands of Americans each year, but hospitals say they’ve had only limited success making sure that doctors, nurses and staff keep their hands clean.

But one suburban hospital is looking at a high-tech solution.

SSM St. Mary's Health Center in suburban St. Louis is testing a system in which a flashing light on badges worn by workers changes colors when hands have been washed.


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