Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
HyGreen - Hand Hygiene System
As a leader in Infection Prevention and Patient Safety, the Wilkes-Barre Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is the first facility in Northeast PA, and the third VAMC in the nation to install the HyGreen system - an automated hand hygiene reminder and monitoring system.
Hand Hygiene is one of the best strategies for preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). HAI’s are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and are very costly to the U.S. Healthcare system. Hand Hygiene recommendations include using either an alcohol based hand sanitizer or soap/water for 15 seconds prior to caring for patients. The HyGreen system uses a system of electronic sensors installed in the inpatient wards that monitors hand hygiene by health care workers and will discreetly remind the health care worker if it detects that hand hygiene was overlooked. This system will have a significant impact on enhancing practices which will protect both patients and healthcare staff.
HyGreen officially went "live" at the Wilkes-Barre VAMC the week of July 23, 2012. The system was installed in rooms on the medical/surgical unit and intensive care unit. Staff members were recently trained as Super Users for the system. A Super User will serve as a role model and facilitator to other healthcare workers for the HyGreen System to emphasize the importance of hand hygiene and answer questions on use.
The Wilkes-Barre VAMC is focused on providing exceptional healthcare to improve the Veteran’s health and well-being. The implementation of the HyGreen System is one step towards achieving the goal of excellence in healthcare.