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Method for Automated Monitoring of Hand Hygiene Adherence without Radio-Frequency Identification

  • Philip M. Polgreen (a1) (a2), Christopher S. Hlady (a3), Monica A. Severson (a4), Alberto M. Segre (a3) and Ted Herman (a3)...


Many efforts to automatically measure hand hygiene activity depend on radio-frequency identification equipment or similar technology that can be expensive to install. We have developed a method for automatically tracking the use of hand hygiene dispensers before healthcare workers enter (or after they exit) patient rooms that is easily and quickly deployed without permanent hardware.


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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242, (


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Method for Automated Monitoring of Hand Hygiene Adherence without Radio-Frequency Identification

  • Philip M. Polgreen (a1) (a2), Christopher S. Hlady (a3), Monica A. Severson (a4), Alberto M. Segre (a3) and Ted Herman (a3)...


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