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Miami Childern's Hospital Installs Electronic Hand Hygiene System

September 10, 2010
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Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) announced today that it has installed Xhale Innovations' (XI) HyGreen Hand Hygiene System in the MCH Oncology Unit. This will be the nation's first installation of HyGreen in a children's hospital and the first in South Florida.

To enhance patient safety, Miami Children's Hospital chose to integrate HyGreen within its Oncology Unit's infection control program with the potential to expand HyGreen into other areas of the hospital soon. The HyGreen system reminds healthcare workers to wash their hands. After cleaning their hands with alcohol-containing soaps and gels, healthcare workers place them under the HyGreen sensor that sends a wireless "all clean" message to a badge worn by the healthcare worker. A wireless monitor above the patient bed searches for the message. If it's absent, the badge vibrates, reminding the healthcare worker to wash. All interactions are recorded in a database in real-time.

The HyGreen system was designed to reflect the recommended hand hygiene guidelines from leading industry experts, including the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Joint Commission.



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