W21C has partnered with Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Alberta Health Services to design and evaluate an innovative technology to support hand hygiene compliance and monitoring. Using principles of interaction design, the system provides users of alcohol-based rub (ABR) dispensers with audio/visual feedback to positively re-inforce hand sanitization. In addition, data collected from the system can be used to improve the efficiency of administrative processes, such as conducting hand hygiene audits. The results of yearlong quality improvement initiative indicate the technology does encourage hand-hygiene compliance and is scalable to other sites to create more effective monitoring programs that utilize technology.

This is an innovative and efficient approach to encouraging HH compliance, which is a root cause of hospital acquired infections. W21C and Emily Carr are pursuing an open-source approach to making the software and hardware specifications freely accessible.