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RFID boosts hand hygiene at The Medical City in Manila

RFID continues to prove that it can enhance patient safety and save lives. The latest example comes out of the Philippines, where an RFID-enabled hand hygiene system reduced hospital-acquired infections by 48 percent. The solution is up and running at The Medical City, a healthcare facility in Manila that treats more than 40,000 in-patients annually.

The Intensive Care Unit at The Medical City was able to triple and maintain its level of hand hygiene compliance in only three months. The system included deploying 40 RFID monitors, 150 RFID tags and 35 Dispenser Interface Modules in TMC’s 22-bed ICU. Compliance was measured based on the guidelines established on hand hygiene by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The next phase of the project at The Medical City includes installing the hand hygiene solution in its Accute-Stoke Unit.

“The Medical City is extremely proud to have installed leading-edge technologies to ensure the safety of all of our patients and staff members,” said Dr. Jose Acuin, medical quality improvement director at The Medical City. “Not only do we offer world-class facilities, cutting edge equipment, distinguished medical staff and rigorous patient care processes, but we can now also generate high quality evidence to support patient safety initiatives, such as protecting patients and staff from hospital acquired infections (HAIs).”

High levels of hand hygiene compliance is the single most important way to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAI), although sustaining it has remained elusive in many healthcare facilities worldwide, primarily due to the lack of real-time monitoring solutions. By deploying technology from Excelion Technology and from CenTrak, The Medical City not only decreased its HAI rates but also significantly reduced the average length of patient stay at the facility.

The solution utilizes Excelion’s proprietary Accreditrack software with lean process transformation consulting and real-time locating technology. TMC adherence to WHO protocols can now be tracked, aggregated and displayed in real-time through the Excelion software suite. Hand hygiene events are measured using CenTrak’s RFID tags worn by caregivers, and the information is relayed wirelessly for real-time analysis. If a caregiver misses a hand hygiene opportunity, the caregiver is immediately reminded by an audible alert on their tag.

 

 

 

 

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