Hospitals seek improved hand-washing rates through tracking devices

04/27/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Infections that could be prevented if hospital doctors and nurses washed their hands more often are costing the health care system billions of dollars every year, writes Tina Rosenberg. Electronic badges that track hand-washing can help solve this problem, she writes. Miami Children's Hospital, for instance, experienced an 89% decline in infections after it started using the technology.

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