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Bachelor Award for hand hygiene feedback system
A team of students from the University of Rotterdam has won the Hogeschool Rotterdam Bachelor Award for its project 'Couveuse Stoplicht'. Under the leadership of Ronald van Gils MSc, Linda Wauben PhD and Onno Helder PhD RN, the students were awarded the accolade against 20 other submissions.
In an interdisciplinary project, the students from the Electro-Technical, Industrial Product Design, Nursing and Healthcare Technology faculties, developed a hand hygiene feedback system to be used in neonatal departments. Using a traffic light system, the user receives a visual feedback which shows whether they have correctly cleaned and disinfected their hands or not.
The system comprises an Ophardt sensor-controlled disinfection dispenser 'ingo-man plus Touchless' that is attached to each incubator and which provides an 'intelligent' feedback when used correctly. Each dispenser is equipped with a screen that shows each step involved when disinfecting the hands properly. A green light indicates when hands have been disinfected correctly for 30 seconds and when the incubator can be opened. The data concerning compliance is automatically sent via a wireless solution for evaluation. In the evaluation centre it is possible to see a report and analyse hand hygiene.
Premature babies: Thorough hand hygiene reduces the risk of infection: History of project development
Thorough hand disinfection can reduce the risk of infections by up to 30%, however it is often forgotten or not completed properly in the hectic rush of daily tasks that need to be completed on the ward, (i.e. due to large workloads).
Insufficient hand hygiene increases the risk of bloodstream infections considerably. Premature babies carry a much higher risk of contracting a bloodstream infection because their immune system is not fully developed. A feedback system can improve the compliance to hand hygiene regulations and therefore has a direct impact on the safety of premature babies. See how it works at:
A family owned business group, Ophardt Hygiene develops, manufactures and distributes an encompassing product range of dispensers and complete hygiene solutions for the implementation of the highest hygienic standards in the realms of medicine, pharmacy and food processing facilities, as well as for use in public washrooms. As a business with more than 50 years of experience, worldwide success and European roots, six production sites and more than 450 employees, it believes that consistent customer focus and future-oriented innovations are the basis for a sustainable business development.
20th October 2016