Most of the parasitic disease came from unhygienic food and dirty hand. So the most important is keep your hand clean and hygienic. In the markets many antiseptic hand-wash liquid are available. But how can you be sure that your hand is really clean and hygienic? Especially in a healthcare setting, it is the first line of defense when interacting with patients. Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) physicians, nurses and IT specialists understand this all too well, having recently collaborated on an iOS app that more efficiently documents and reports hand-hygiene compliance. Individuals monitoring clinical areas can now send electronically recorded observations directly to a database for immediate processing.
In 2003, VUMC started a campaign to encourage and increase hand washing. At the time, compliance was only at 58%. Leaders in the organization wanted to find ways to increase compliance. This resulted in the VUMC Hand Hygiene Committee, a team of physicians and nurses working together to tackle the issue. They began exploring alternatives for data collection and began a collaboration with the Department of Anesthesiology’s Perioperative Informatics group.
The mobile app, combined with the proper observation protocol, has made the overall process more efficient and accurate. Since implementation, compliance has risen to 91%. Dr. Rothman concurs. “We now have real-time, discrete entry of data that, once uploaded, is available for reporting purposes in a more timely manner.”