Location: United States
The wearable wristband alerts the wearer when it is time to wash their hands and records the compliance once they do.
Proper hand hygiene is crucial to help prevent the spread of germs to other people. The importance of this has been receiving an abundance of attention in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The CDC and NHS recommend proper hand washing and hand sanitiser use to help stop the virus from spreading.
Though the importance of proper hand hygiene is well-known, following through can be more of a challenge. It is not always easy to remember frequent hand washing when busy at work. However, it’s an essential component of preventing the spread of the virus when working in shared spaces.
The Vitalacy Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring Solution is a wearable wristband that tracks and encourages hand hygiene compliance. Beacons placed at room entrances, such as inpatient rooms and waiting rooms, trigger the wearable to remind the wearer it is time to wash their hands. Sensors located on soap dispensers and hand sanitiser dispensers monitor when the user uses them and whether the technique was satisfactory.
Reports are generated for individual users and the whole facility for an overview of compliance or potential concerns. The thinking behind the device is that 60% of caregivers don’t wash their hands properly, and 70% of infections caught in a hospital are due to poor hand hygiene. The wearable also tracks steps and potential fatigue of the user.
Many technology companies responded rapidly to the changing needs brought on by the pandemic. Creative innovations like the Vitalacy monitoring solution and the SmartEagle social distancing monitor are helping to keep people safe and reduce transmission of the virus.