Sara Szutkowski
Feasibility of Electronic Sensor-Based Tracking in the Monitoring of Healthcare Worker Handwashing Compliance

SchoolBrunswick High School


ProgramNursing


MentorMichael Andersen, RN, Nancy Buchler, RN


DepartmentDialysis


Research
Feasibility of Electronic Sensor-Based Tracking in the Monitoring of Healthcare Worker Handwashing Compliance
Hypothesis
Handwashing compliance in an area with sensor-based tracking will be higher than an area with no sensors.
Methodology
This was a descriptive, observational study. Sensor data were to be provided by the sensor supplier. Observational collection involved observing healthcare workers twice daily and recording behaviors on an observational checklist developed by the principal investigator.
Outcomes
Sensor data were unreliable and the supplier was unable to provide usable data to compare to our observational data. Monitoring handwashing compliance using sensor technology is not yet feasible. Also, this study demonstrated that medical professionals may be substituting gloves in place of handwashing. This study also found that although many healthcare professionals may enter a bed space with no intent of contact, 82% of the time contact occurred; thereby necessitating handwashing.