Prestigious Award Honors Cutting-Edge Innovation, Culture of Safety

The implementation of a leading-edge, automated hand hygiene monitoring system has earned Children’s Hospital & Medical Center the first-ever Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Team Award from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).

The inaugural IHI/NPSF recognition honors individuals and teams who use their organization’s safety culture—or who affect culture change—in implementing extraordinary and innovative technology that is effective and sustainable.

Consistent hand cleaning is essential to infection control in health care settings, and yet the use of human auditors to monitor compliance proves limiting and presents challenges in terms of enforcement. Children’s embraced Biovigil as a solution; the trailblazing system uses electronic sensors and user-specific badges to monitor and report hand hygiene practice. In addition to providing real-time observation, the system delivers positive reinforcement of hand hygiene practice and a visual confirmation for patients and families. The system collects comprehensive user data, which is then analyzed by Children’s team for further evaluation and improvement. Since Biovigil was implemented, the organization has seen a substantial decline in hospital-acquired infections.

“An organizational culture focused on patient safety has been critical to our team’s success,” says Richard G. Azizkhan, M.D., president and CEO. “Our entire enterprise—from frontline staff to executive leadership—has embraced this solution, recognizing that innovation is key to building on our safety culture and improving patient care.”

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