Improving Hand Hygiene Monitoring

A Novel Open-Source Innovation for Hand-Hygiene Monitoring and Compliance using Interaction Design

Our team is looking to test the next design iteration of this technology in the community. If you are interested in being a possible future test site, please fill out the form at the following link.

About the Project

Hand Hygiene (HH) compliant behaviours, including the frequent use of alcohol-based rub (ABR) dispensers, are critical in the effort to reduce transmission of hospital acquired infections. Partnering with the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), W21C has developed an innovative, effective, and low-cost system to collect and visualize data related to the use of ABR dispensers in order to increase the incidence of Hand Hygiene compliant behaviours.


This device increases Hand Hygiene awareness by offering a constant visual reminder to staff, patients, and family members. 75% of interviewed Alberta Children’s Hospital staff and patient families indicated that the system increased their awareness of HH, while 92% of participants agreed that it was a helpful reminder for others to practice HH.

The technology is globally scalable and culturally adaptable with its easy-to-install design that can make use of locally sourced parts and the visualizations that can be modified to be culturally significant.

Services Provided

  • Usability Testing
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Data Management
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Additional Content

W21C and Emily Carr have now made the software and hardware specifications freely accessible through GitHub.