TIPS Sudden Science Survey: Hand Hygiene Monitoring Tool

TIPS Sudden Science Survey: Hand Hygiene Monitoring Tool


2018 TIPS Sudden Science Survey #1019801:
Hand Hygiene Monitoring Tool


The Infection Prevention Strategy is proud to launch its first in a series of surveys to garner stakeholder feedback on a wide variety of innovations and concepts in the field of infection prevention and control.

When institutions invest in new technologies, the goal is to secure a better outcome, which may be measured in terms of improved financial returns, reduced bad results or increased good results. However, these benefits will only pay off when new products or routines are properly integrated into the workflow of employees and institutions. If innovations are not fully embraced, even the best technologies will fail to deliver the return on investment promised or expected. Appropriate vetting and feedback is critical at the development phase of a new product.

The Infection Prevention Strategy has created a model of information sharing that makes the process of vetting new technologies, implementing successful programs and inspiring innovation more efficient, more accessible, more global and more collaborative. Known as TIPS Sudden Science, the program is driven by the firm belief that we should not have to wait years for promising innovations, ideas and processes to be implemented and accepted. Around the world, our teams develop trials and conduct pilot studies to aid in the discovery of successful research to market technological advancements.

This series of surveys is one step in the vetting and feedback process to ensure that the innovators are considering the end users in their product design.

Survey #1019801: Hand Hygiene Monitoring Tool

Innovation The integration of a novel hand hygiene monitoring tool into a healthcare setting. This technology utilizes Artificial Intelligence Monitoring (AIM) for hand hygiene to prevent the spread of HAIs.
Co-sponsor SafeContact Solutions Inc.

Survey target audience healthcare workers and key infection control stakeholders
Time Approximately 10 minutes, including a 5-minute video
Requirements Internet-connected device with sound capabilities
Survey URL
Focus Group Optional, online. In addition to the survey, there will be an online focus group that will further elaborate on the contents of the survey. Should you wish to participate in that, please indicate as such at the end of the survey. Focus group participants may receive an honorarium for their involvement.

Why we are vetting this product:

The prevalence of hospital-borne disease is well-studied and characterized. It is indisputable that the hospital environment can foster the propagation of many pathogens. With fomites (materials that can harbour harmful microorganisms) ranging from sinks and textiles to patients and healthcare workers themselves, our current technologies are having difficulty keeping up with the pathogens’ race for survival through the development of antibiotic resistance, among other things.

Innovative technologies can improve patient and worker outcomes by reducing the transmission of illnesses, which make the lives of healthcare workers, infection control personnel, and everyone else involved much easier. Whether it is by reducing the burden on limited resources such as cleaning time, improving the amount of control over the number of pathogens on hospital surfaces or by eliminating costly fines (through reduced reimbursements) for hospital acquired infections (HAIs), these products and workflows have changed the hospital landscape to what it is today.

The product being vetted in this survey is a novel hand hygiene monitoring tool that utilizes Artificial Intelligence Monitoring (AIM) to coach employees in hand hygiene compliance in a healthcare setting, in real time. This technology may be what is needed to improve hand hygiene compliance rates to improve health outcomes by reducing the spread of healthcare-associated infections.



EVS and IPC leaders take our short survey and you will be entered for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card.

NOTE: Only 20 electronic gift cards will be awarded by email. Winners must enter a valid email address and confirm that they work in a management or leadership role for EVS or IPC within the USA. Entry into the contest is a separate step to the survey and does not associate contestant to respondent answers. TIPS will not share your email, name or involvement with any other party.   Maximum of 20 electronic gift cards are to be awarded. Promotion ends Dec 31, 2018 at 15:00 EST. Total survey expected respondents is targeted at 50-100. Thank you for supporting TIPS and our Sudden Science program. Your involvement will help advance new innovations, ideas and processes that make a difference in global health. TIPS is a not for profit. 100% volunteer organization.

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Andrew Duong
With over 7 years of research experience, Andrew joins as a co-editor and contributing author. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Genetics, he earned a Master of Science in Microbiology from the Michael DeGroote Institute of Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University. As a previous Ontario Graduate Scholar, he has applied his accolades as a teaching assistant and has become a research associate in the department of surgery at Hamilton Health Sciences. Andrew has received numerous awards and scholarships including: the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the William Henry Yates Travel Scholarship and the Institute of Infectious Disease Research Undergraduate Research Award. Andrew is an avid runner, and is said to dabble in the culinary arts, when he’s not spoiling his dog.