Local hospital practices new technology to keep clean hands

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - According to the Centers for Disease Control, every hospital staff member doesn't wash their hands frequently.

Studies show hand washing compliance at hospitals is 20 to 50 percent, which can be dangerous to patients with compromised immune systems.

There's a new product that's been introduced in the health care industry to monitor hand hygiene among staff workers.

St. Vincent's Hospital will be participating in a pilot program with the new system.

The purpose of this new system is make sure healthcare workers follow hand washing rules, to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

A Birmingham-based company, Proventix Systems Inc., created a product called "Ngage"

The worker wears a radio frequency I.D badge, and a sensor monitors what time they enter a room.

Then, when they use a soap or hand sanitizer dispenser, a control unit is activated and records the information for hospital officials 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week.

"As it is now, our compliance is very high. But we'd like to monitor that even further and see if there are areas we can improve on, said Dr. Mark Maldia with St. Vincent's Hospital.

St. Vincent's Hospital will test the system next month with hopes of improving patient care.

It's one of three major hospitals in the country that is a part of a pilot program.

The creators of "Ngage" are hoping hotels and restaurants implement the system for employees.