Marin General Hospital has deployed a real-time location system (RTLS) to boost the hand-hygiene rate among its 1,800 health-care workers and physicians. Since the system was taken live, the facility’s hand-hygiene compliance has increased, on average, from 45 percent to 77 percent. The hospital has achieved a reduction in the rate of infections since the system was installed, and while it can’t necessarily correlate those results with the technology itself, that reduction in infections rates was the facility’s goal. The active RFID system was provided by health-care technology company SwipeSense.
Hand hygiene, however, was just the start for the hospital, located in Greenbrae, Calif. (RFiD Journal)