Touchscreens Help Save Lives In Hospitals

Posted on May 9, 2012. Filed under: Technology |

System using capacitance touch, RFID, and proximity sensors helps prevent deadly hospital infections.
It may come across as a shock, but your hands harbour more germs than a toilet seat. When healthcare professionals fail to sanitisetheir hands thoroughly in hospital, it leads to Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) – strains of drug resistant superbugs that have been claimed to kill more patients than breast cancer, HIV and car accidents combined.
Recent studies show that healthcare providers fail to sanitise their hands, 60% of the time. Safe-Hands Hygiene Monitoring System aims to reduce the risk of such infections by employingmodern electronic sensors that can monitor doctors’ and nurses’ hygiene practices.

The system uses a combination of RFID tags, proximity, and capacitance touch sensors, to tell when the patient or his surroundings have been touched by a medical professional. These instances can then be logged to monitor hygiene practices of individuals. Any violation can be flagged andrecorded, which will ensure better compliance.
Now who would have imagined that smartphone touchscreen tech could be used to save lives?

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