Greenville Hospital System in the US state of South Carolina has achieved improvement in hand hygiene compliance rates following the implementation of a DebMed GMS electronic monitoring system and supporting improvement tools.
The group is utilising the group monitoring system (GMS) for automated real-time monitoring and reporting of hand hygiene compliance by 3,500 soap and hand sanitiser dispensers across five hospital sites.
The electronic hand hygiene monitoring system has captured and reported on eight million hand hygiene events so far and the hospital system has increased hand hygiene compliance by 5%-12%.
Greenville Hospital System director of infection prevention Connie Steed said the DebMed GMS not only provides real-time data based on the World Health Organization's (WHO) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene standard, but also includes tools to help facilitate behaviour change at the unit level.
"We've very quickly experienced a statistically-significant increase in our hand hygiene compliance rates, which is remarkable for any technology," Steed added.
The system monitors hand hygiene compliance at the hospital unit level and offers supporting tools such as staff meeting facilitation guides and visual reminders to help enable behaviour change.
Prior to implementing the DebMed GMS, Greenville was monitoring hand hygiene compliance through manually observing hand hygiene compliance behaviour, which is considered unreliable and less timely, according to hospital officials.
DebMed president Didier Bouton said that electronic monitoring is a better way to monitor hand hygiene compliance over direct observation, which is an antiquated method and produces unreliable data.
"The DebMed GMS will help hospitals lead the change to real-time electronic hand hygiene monitoring, and in doing so, transform patient safety," Bouton said.