Infection Control Today invited manufacturers of automated hand hygiene monitoring systems to provide information that will assist infection preventionists in evaluating and purchasing these technologies.
ICT: What is the name of your system?
BioVigil: Biovigil Hand Hygiene Compliance & Surveillance System
DebMed: DebMed® GMS™ (Group Monitoring System)
GOJO Industries: SMARTLINK ™ Hand Hygiene Solutions
HandGiene Corp.: HandGiene HHMS™ (Hand Hygiene Monitoring System)
IntelligentM: IntelligentM Smartband System
UltraClenz: Patient Safeguard System™ (PSS)
Versus: SafeHaven™ (an automated hand hygiene monitoring system from Georgia-Pacific integrated with Versus RTLS); Versus Advantages™ Hand Hygiene Safety (HHS) is the software.
ICT: What are the components of your system?
BioVigil: HCW-worn badge, room sensors, charging station, wireless base station, web-based SW application.
DebMed: The DebMed® GMS™ utilizes wireless communications technology built into product dispensers to automatically track soap and sanitizer dispenser activations in patient-care areas. This information is send over a cellular network, combined with published benchmark data to calculate hand hygiene compliance, and presented to users in the form of web-based reports.
- Innovative measurement tools to track and report real-time hand hygiene compliance rates as a stand- alone system or to work with partner-RTLS systems.
- Advanced, touch-free dispensers that are designed to work with SMARTLINK™ Technology to capture and transmit hand hygiene events.
- Superior formulas such as PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and PROVON® antimicrobial soaps.
- Expert, clinician-based support to guide your team toward improved and sustained improvement.
HandGiene Corp.: The components that make up the HandGiene HHMS™ include RFID – enabled dispensers and stand-alone readers, RFID badges, web-based Compliance Monitoring Software and a variety of FDA approved soap and sanitizer formulations.
IntelligentM: The IntelligentM system is made up of Smartbands, worn by healthcare workers, and Smart Tags placed on hundreds of pieces of equipment and products around a hospital.
Proventix: The system consists of four components: (1) radio-frequency identification (RFID) badges worn by healthcare workers; (2) Communication Units (CUs) are a family of devices that interact with various hospital devices and healthcare worker interactions and can be implemented in a variety of ways to meet the hospital’s needs. CUs are located above the soap or alcohol dispenser and can detect the healthcare worker’s presence and track the hand-hygiene event (or other mechanical or electrical device engagement). The CU displays important professional, performance and user-identified content through an active two-way communication display (LCD screen); (3) a wireless bridge unit that communicates messages between the nGage central server and CUs; and (4) the nGage server that collects data for review and performs detailed individual and aggregate analysis. The system is built on an open architecture that allows for additional functionality and the opportunity to connect to other devices.
UltraClenz: The PSS system has several components:
- A manual or touch-free soap or sanitizer dispenser – UltraClenz’s ProClenz dispensers are equipped with a monitoring interface for ease of installation. The PSS system can be adapted to be used with all commercial wall mounted dispensers by simply attaching a connector switch to the dispenser.
- A Caregiver Badge – An electronic badge worn by the healthcare worker (HCW.) The caregiver badge is designed to present the caregiver’s hand hygiene compliance status via a red, yellow or green LED. The badge includes an audible alert in order to advise the Caregiver of a non-compliant patient interaction. The badge transmits its current status or change of status to the bed or dispenser beacon it is interacting with. The beacon will then transmit the badge’s hand hygiene compliance status to the Bentley system, (UltraClenz’s Patented Proprietary Wireless Communication System), which in turn transmits the data to an offsite server for reporting.
- A dispenser beacon is mounted next to the manual or touch-free dispenser being monitored. It sets the caregiver badge to the compliant state (green LED) when the dispenser is activated. Once activated, the dispenser beacon transmits the event to the Bentley system and from there up to the offsite server for analytical purposes. The event includes the badge ID, the badge hand hygiene compliance status, the dispenser ID, and a date and time stamp.
- A bed beacon and antenna – A bed beacon is a device mounted on or next to a patient’s bed or chair which defines the patient zone. When a HCW approaches a patient or enters the patient zone, the bed beacon triggers a patient contact event and transmits the event, through the Bentley system, up to an offsite server. The event includes the badge ID number, the badge hand hygiene compliance status, the bed ID number and a date and time stamp. The bed beacon changes the badge hand hygiene compliance status, to yellow (LED) for a first contact or red (LED) for a non-compliant contact event.
- Bentley – A patented proprietary wireless network that retrieves data from the dispenser beacons, and bed beacons and transmits the data to a cloud based server for data analysis and reporting.
Versus: SafeHaven™ includes the Versus RTLS integrated into Georgia-Pacific soap/sanitizer dispensers
Versus V-Direct™ RTLS sensory network
Versus Clearview™ Badges
Versus Advantages™ HHS software
ICT: Does your system use RFID or WiFi? Are there issues with interference of the RFID signal caused by other electronic equipment?
BioVigil: Neither is used, thus no interference.
DebMed: Using wireless communications technology, the DebMed® GMS™ has been designed to be completely standalone, and does not require integration or connection to any other hospital systems. The system operates on a frequency band open to usage by any equipment that operates within certain power and duty cycle limits, and these systems are specifically designed to run alongside each other without interference. It can be installed into any environment without impacting the performance of any existing equipment, wireless networks or low power radio systems already installed (such as Wi-Fi, nurse call systems, pager systems, etc.).
GOJO Industries: The GOJO SMARTLINK™Activity Monitoring System(AMS) uses RF (Radio Frequency). In addition, the GOJO SMARTLINK™ Technology is capable of working with industry leading RTLS (Real-Time Locating System) applications that utilize RF, LF, IR, and WiFi to record and report hand hygiene performance. Implementing RF-based wireless devices in hospitals can be a challenge with the existing, and complex, network of wireless medical devices. However, the GOJO SMARTLINK™ Technology is configured to operate on frequencies that can co-exist with existing medical devices; therefore, lessening the risk of interference with the SMARTLINK™ Technology, as well as, the other devices used to save lives and improve patient care.
HandGiene Corp.: The HandGiene HHMS™ uses both RFID and Wi-Fi. There has been no interference of the RFID signal experienced.
IntelligentM: IntelligentM uses RFID technology in a completely unique patent pending way that does not interfere with any hospital equipment. It does not require hard wiring or WiFi so it minimizes cost and maximizes convenience.
Proventix: nGage utilizes wireless infrastructure and active and passive RFID technology. nGage can co-exist with many other wireless networking standards. Facility testing has not identified interference with medical devices or other technology. The system is FCC, IC and UL certified.
UltraClenz: PSS does not use RFID or Wi-Fi. Badge and beacon communications are proprietary, secure and very robust in noisy RF and RFID environments. Bentley was specifically designed so the use of Wi-Fi could be avoided. This allows for PSS to be installed in a healthcare facility without the need to interact with the facility’s IT or communications infrastructure.
Versus: Versus utilizes infrared (IR) and active RFID. Versus is FCC compliant and does not experience interference nor interfere with other electronic equipment.