Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Hand Wash Detector

PostedJune 14, 2009

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Randy Atkins: The system uses a detector that sniffs for the alcohol found in all hospital hand washes…then sends a signal to an employee’s badge where a light turns green so that…

Richard Melker: …all their colleagues and the families of the patients’ and the patients know that their hands have been washed.

Randy Atkins: Richard Melker, chief technology officer at Xhale Inc., says bedside monitors also check a healthcare worker’s badge.

Richard Melker: If he enters the proximity of the patient, his badge vibrates to remind him that he’s no longer clean.

Randy Atkins: And all interactions are recorded via a wireless network.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP- dot -com.