Acceptability of a wearable hand hygiene device with monitoring capabilities

J Hosp Infect. 2008 Nov;70(3):216-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2008.07.008.


Transmisssion of infection within healthcare institutions is a significant threat to patients and staff. One of the most effective means of prevention is good hand hygiene. A research team at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Ontario, Canada, developed a wearable hand disinfection system with monitoring capabilities to enhance hand wash frequency. We present the findingsof the first phase of a larger study addressing the hypothesis that an electronic hand hygiene system with monitoring and reminding propertieswill increase hand hygiene compliance. This first phase focused on the acceptability and usability of the wearable electronic hand wash device ina clinical environment. The feedback from healthcare staff to the first prototype has provided evidence for the research team to continue with the development of this technology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Electronics
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Gels / administration & dosage
  • Hand Disinfection*
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / instrumentation*
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ontario
  • Reminder Systems / instrumentation*


  • Gels