Encouraging Hygiene Messages

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$95,435.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43AI075783-01A2
Award Id:
88717
Agency Tracking Number:
AI075783
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
AMRON CORPORATION, 1313 DOLLEY MADISON BLVD, MC LEAN, VA, 22101
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
038799672
Principal Investigator:
STEPHEN LANE
(703) 848-0571
STEVE_LANE@AMRON.COM
Business Contact:
() -
al_terp@amron.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The aim of the work proposed here is to demonstrate the feasibility Encouraging Handwashing Messages (EHM). The intent of EHM is to increase hand hygiene on a hospital floor by rewarding good hand hygiene with a voice m essage praising the listener. In Phase I, EHM will play voice messages at the Weinberg Intensive Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. EHM's anticipated effect is an increase in hand hygiene there. There will be two phases in the proposed r esearch: Pre-test, and Test. The dependent variable in each phase will be the hand hygiene rate and the independent variable will be the presence of voice messages. The Pre-test Phase will establish baseline compliance and the Test Phase will measure compl iance in the presence of voice messages. We will claim that EHM is feasible if the hand hygiene compliance rate increases significantly, at the 5% level, from Pre-test to Test Phase. In Phase II we will install EHM on several units at Johns Hopkins Hospita l and determine the change in both the hand hygiene rate and the hospital acquired infection rate. Steris Corporation, a company with a half-billion dollars in sales in the hand hygiene field, has signed an agreement with Amron Corporation under which Ster is will buy 10 Hand Hygiene Prompts for testing and evaluation. Steris has agreed to donate the hardware to be used in the work proposed here as part of that agreement, making about 9,400 available for other purposes. In Phase III, Encouraging Hygiene Me asurements will be included in Steris Corporation's Program of Solutions third tier, where it will provide automated voice messages and electronic hand hygiene compliance measurement on hospital floors. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Encouraging Hygiene Message s (EHM) will encourage hand washing and hand sterilization in hospitals. It will affect public health by reducing the chance of a patient acquiring an infection in a hospital - a public place. EHM has the potential to reduce the cost of hospital acquired i nfections by a billion dollars and a hundred thousand deaths per year in the United States.

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