This project emerges as a consequence of the issue raised by the Unit of Preventive Medicine at La Fe Hospital (Valencia, Spain). They identified a specific need to improve monitoring of hand hygiene protocols (HH) by healthcare workers. These protocols, sponsored by WHO, establish five moments for HH. Monitoring its compliance has been carried out through staff surveys, estimations based on the consumed sanitizers, and by direct observation of the staff. However, despite awareness campaigns, the compliance is very low, which increases the risk of nosocomial infections. It is therefore crucial to investigate how to increase this compliance. The proposed solution is based on the use of an IoTbased (Internet of Things) platform to monitor the behavior of health personnel in relation to HH protocols and alert (even preemptively) from its possible default. Finally, the system will provide reliable information in order to adopt the necessary corrections.
The project Towards the Smart Hospital: Research in the design and application of an IoT-based platform for in the improvement of the hand hygiene compliance, has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness within the 2016 call for RTD Projects of the National Subprogram for Knowledge Generation, within the framework of the National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016, Reference DPI2016-80303-C2-1-P.
The Principal Investigators of this project are Bonastre Pina, Alberto Miguel and Ors Carot, Rafael.
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