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Healthcare Personnel Perceptions of Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology

Katherine Ellingson PhD, Philip M. Polgreen MD, Amy Schneider MPH, Laura Shinkunas, Lauris C. Kaldjian MD PhD, Donald Wright MD, Geb W. Thomas PhD, Alberto M. Segre PhD, Ted Herman PhD, L. Clifford McDonald MD and Ronda Sinkowitz-Cochran MPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 32, No. 11 (November 2011), pp. 1091-1096
DOI: 10.1086/662179
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/662179
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Abstract

Objective. To assess healthcare personnel (HCP) perceptions regarding implementation of sensor-based electronic systems for automated hand hygiene adherence monitoring.Design. Using a mixed-methods approach, structured focus groups were designed to elicit quantitative and qualitative responses on familiarity, comfort level, and perceived impact of sensor-based hand hygiene adherence monitoringSetting. A university hospital, a Veterans Affairs hospital, and a community hospital in the Midwest.Participants. Focus groups were homogenous by HCP type, with separate groups held for leadership, midlevel management, and frontline personnel at each hospital.Results. Overall, 89 HCP participated in 10 focus groups. Levels of familiarity and comfort with electronic oversight technology varied by HCP type; when compared with frontline HCP, those in leadership positions were significantly more familiar with () and more comfortable with () the technology. The most common concerns cited by participants across groups included lack of accuracy in the data produced, such as the inability of the technology to assess the situational context of hand hygiene opportunities, and the potential punitive use of data produced. Across groups, HCP had decreased tolerance for electronic collection of spatial-temporal data, describing such oversight as Big Brother.Conclusions. While substantial concerns were expressed by all types of HCP, participants’ recommendations for effective implementation of electronic oversight technologies for hand hygiene monitoring included addressing accuracy issues before implementation and transparent communication with frontline HCP about the intended use of the data.

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