A researcher at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) is developing a wearable technology that reminds front line health-care workers to wash their hands. It’s believed the technology could significantly reduce the spread of hospital-acquired infections, including COVID-19.
Dubbed the “Buddy Badge,” the wearable device acts as a transponder, using a system of sensors connected to hand-washing stations, doorways and critical routes to patient rooms. If the badge wearer has not washed their hands before entering a patient’s room, for example, it will discreetly vibrate to remind them to do so.
“The idea we are proposing is a nurse or physician arrives at work, retrieves a personalized device and carries on with their day as normal,” says Geoff Fernie, a senior scientist and former director of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, as well as a professor at IBBME and in the Faculty of Medicine. “The device will remind them about hand-washing throughout the day.”
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