Sara Szutkowski Feasibility of Electronic Sensor-Based Tracking in the Monitoring of Healthcare Worker Handwashing Compliance
SchoolBrunswick High School
MentorMichael Andersen, RN, Nancy Buchler, RN
Feasibility of Electronic Sensor-Based Tracking in the Monitoring of Healthcare Worker Handwashing Compliance
Handwashing compliance in an area with sensor-based tracking will be
higher than an area with no sensors.
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.
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.