By Research at UHN on April 30, 2018
A simple, everyday action can help prevent hospital-acquired infections: wash your hands.
To help encourage handwashing, a team led by Senior Scientist Dr. Geoff Fernie invented a wearable badge that provides a discrete reminder in the form of a vibration and gentle beep. With sensors that are easily installed, the badges can determine when a staff member enters or exits a patient room, and whether they have dispensed soap or sanitizer. If they forget to clean their hands, the badge gently vibrates to discretely remind them; after washing, a light on the badge glows green for positive encouragement.