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Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 04/16/2014

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WTAE-TV: AGH Doctor's Hygienometer Monitors Staff's Cleanliness

Friday, May 7th, 2010

 An Allegheny General Hospital doctor is hoping to change health care in the most basic way -- by making sure medical staff member wash their hands before treating patients.

"The single most affective means to prevent the spread of infections is hand hygiene in a hospital," said Dr. Andrew Sahud, chairman of Allegheny General Hospital Infection Prevention

A few years ago, Sahud said he had the idea to monitor how frequently doctors and nurses sanitize their hands between patients.

It was that idea that sparked the creation of the Semmelweis Hand Hygienometer, which records if someone uses soap or sanitizer when he or she enters and exits a room.

"I walk into a room and hit the dispensing unit, so every time the lever on device is pushed, it causes a signal to be sent that's captured by the device I'm wearing," explained Sahud.

The first study conducted by Sahud monitored the staff at Allegheny General Hospital for one month.

The next phase would be to have the hospital agree to test the system for one year.

"If I were a patient, I'd feel much more reassured that the hospital takes this seriously, is invested in making the safest environment for their patients," said Sahud.

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