Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, US, has implemented the DebMed GMS electronic hand hygiene monitoring system to eliminate hospital acquired infections (HAIs).
The 140-bed community hospital has become the first in the New England region to implement the DebMed system to increase hand hygiene compliance.
Cooley Dickinson Hospital infection prevention manager Linda Riley said the adoption of the DebMed GMS supports the hospital’s mission to create the safest possible environment for its patients.
"With our sights set on eliminating hospital-acquired infections, electronic monitoring of hand hygiene is the next step in our journey toward zero infections. DebMed is a trusted industry leader with the advanced technology that will help us to deliver the best results for our patients," Riley added.
DebMed GMS, based on the World Health Organization’s Five Moments for Hand Hygiene, has been developed to reduce HAIs and related healthcare costs by facilitating feedback on hand hygiene behaviour.
The automated technology enables group monitoring and provides supporting tools including staff meeting facilitation guides and visual reminders that aid in positive behaviour change.
DebMed marketing vice president Heather McLarney said, "Early adopters of patient safety technology, such as Cooley Dickinson, set the high standard for other healthcare facilities to adapt to the growing safety expectations of patients. We are looking forward to helping them achieve improved outcomes and meet their goal of zero HAIs."