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Now, soap-sniffing technology to ensure health-workers' hand-hygiene.

Byline: ANI

Washington, June 4 (ANI): Health care workers will not be careless about hand hygiene anymore, thanks to a new system called HyGreen that monitors health-care workers' hand hygiene by detecting sanitizer sanitizer

a sanitizing product capable of cleaning and disinfecting; usually a formulation containing a disinfectant and a detergent.
 or soap fumes fumes

odorous gases and other volatile materials; inhalation of irritating fumes causes coughing and, if sufficiently severe, irreversible pulmonary edema.
 given off from their hands.

Developed by researchers at the University of Florida University of Florida is the third-largest university in the United States, with 50,912 students (as of Fall 2006) and has the eighth-largest budget (nearly $1.9 billion per year). UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. , the technology uses sensors capable of detecting drugs in breath to detect soap fumes, and is the first system that enables real-time monitoring of hand washing.

It can remind workers to clean their hands to remove disease-causing organisms such as the bacteria MRSA MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. See MARSA. , and hence could help reduce hospital-acquired infections Hospital-Acquired Infections Definition

A hospital-acquired infection is usually one that first appears three days after a patient is admitted to a hospital or other health care facility.
 and save millions of dollars now spent to treat them.

HyGreen, records, down to the second, the frequency of hand cleaning and contact with patients in a database that clinical supervisors can review immediately.

"This isn't big brother, this is just another tool. A hospital worker never wants to be responsible for someone getting sick or dying from an infection acquired in the hospital," said Dr. Richard J. Melker, a UF College of Medicine anesthesiology anesthesiology (ăn'ĭsthē'zēŏl`əjē), branch of medicine concerned primarily with procedures for rendering patients insensitive to pain, and for supporting life systems under the strains of anesthesia and surgery.  professor who developed the technology with his colleagues.

And now, HyGreen is being tested in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Shands at UF medical centre.

It starts working when a health-care worker squirts sanitizer gel or soap into his or her hand before passing it under a wall-mounted sensor.

A wireless signal from a badge worn by the worker activates a green light on the hand-washing sensor, and when the worker enters a patient room, a monitor near the bed detects the status of the badge, and flashes green if the person has clean hands.

In case, the person has not washed, or too much time has passed between washing and approaching the patient, the badge will give a gentle "reminder" vibration.

Studies have shown that up to half of all hospital-acquired infections might be prevented if health-care workers washed their hands according to guidelines set forth by the CDC See Control Data, century date change and Back Orifice.

CDC - Control Data Corporation

"This system is a noninvasive way of measuring - it allows for nonbiased measurement and is unobtrusive," said Loretta Fauerbach, Shands at UF director of infection control.

"Nobody has ever taken a systems approach to this problem before," said Melker, chief technology officer of Xhale Inc., which is marketing HyGreen.

The system will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (ANI)

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