Ekahau RTLS and GOJO Dispensers Combine to Ensure Hospital Employees
Comply with Handwashing Requirements to Minimize Hospital Acquired
Infections and Other Transmittable Diseases
RESTON, VA, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Ekahau Inc., the worldwide leader in high
performance Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today
announced that it is introducing a Wi-Fi Hand Hygiene Monitoring
solution (http://www.ekahau.com/solutions/healthcare/infection-control ) that automatically monitors hand hygiene of employees in the
healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of hospital acquired
infections and other transmittable diseases.
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Ekahau RTLS offers the unique ability to track the location and staff
interactions with patients and to measure hand hygiene activity down to
the individual caregiver. Because the Ekahau RTLS runs over a
hospital's existing Wi-Fi network, the hand hygiene solution is cost
effective and easy to deploy. Utilizing the GOJO SmartLink(TM) Series
Dispensers with the Ekahau RTLS, customers will have access to a
complete skin care portfolio - including PURELL(R) hand sanitizer,
PROVON(R) hand soaps and PURELL(R) Surgical Scrub - enabling them to
monitor hand hygiene across the entire facility. Once in place, the
same Ekahau RTLS system can be used for a variety of other
applications, such as staff communications, safety, workflow, patient
tracking, asset tracking and environmental monitoring.
The hand hygiene solution combines Ekahau location-enabled staff badges
and Ekahau beacons that are embedded into GOJO's SmartLink(TM) Series
Dispensers located throughout a hospital. The staff badges - which also
are commonly used for staff messaging, workflow and safety applications
- enable the RTLS system to automatically monitor staff-patient
interactions, as well as when the staff member washes his or her hands
before and after interacting with a patient in order to calculate
compliance based on hospital policy. By leveraging the two-way
communications capabilities of the Ekahau RTLS system, ( http://www.ekahau.com/products/real-time-location-system/overview ) staff members can receive reminders and status information on the
text display of their badges to help improve hand hygiene compliance.
To ensure full compliance, the Ekahau transmitters that are integrated
into the dispensers will only be activated when hands are sanitized,
eliminating any false information from being collected.
"Hand hygiene is a significant concern, particularly in the healthcare
market where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, hospital acquired infections add more than $30 billion to
annual healthcare costs and result in almost 100,000 deaths," said
Tuomo Rutanen, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and
Business Development at Ekahau. "We believe that Ekahau's real-time
location tracking technology - which is already in use at more than 300
hospitals worldwide and works over the customer's existing Wi-Fi
networks - has been integrated with GOJO hand sanitizing units to
provide hospitals a way to ensure staff is compliant with hand washing
"Today, most healthcare institutions still go through a manual
observation method to collect and report hand hygiene compliance rates.
This manual observation method typically requires significant cost and
effort, but rarely yields timely and accurate information on hand
hygiene compliance," said Dave Mackay, Healthcare vice president at
GOJO Industries. "When you consider the potential for Ekahau's
real-time location tracking technology, enabled by GOJO's touch-free
dispensing systems, to deliver real-time hand hygiene monitoring at an
individual care level, it's exciting to think about the difference this
could make for infection control."
The solution relies on Ekahau's experience in deploying healthcare
technology enterprisewide and its accurate location tracking
capabilities, as well as GOJO's extensive expertise in infection
control in the healthcare environment. The solution is currently
undergoing field testing and will be available in the second quarter of
More information about how this solution works is online at
Ekahau will be demonstrating a prototype of this solution at Booth 3701
during HIMSS11 Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 20-24, 2011, at
the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fl.
About Ekahau Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS
solutions. Ekahau's customers, including several Fortune 500 companies
worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services
and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau's
solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world,
as well as by manufacturing, retail and industrial companies,
government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless
software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM
partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications.
Ekahau is a U.S.-based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va.,
and other offices in Saratoga, Calif.; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and
Hong Kong. For more information about Ekahau, please visit http://www.ekahau.com.
(c) Copyright 2011, Ekahau, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
About GOJO Industries
GOJO invented PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer and markets a full range of
PURELL products to consumers and professionals worldwide. In addition,
GOJO markets a full line of handwashing and skin care products to
professionals under the GOJO(R) and PROVON(R) brand names. GOJO has a
64-year history of leadership in improving well-being through hand
hygiene and healthy skin. GOJO products and programs kill germs on
hands and solve skin care-related problems in a variety of markets,
including healthcare, foodservice, food processing, manufacturing,
automotive, education, government and military. GOJO is a
privately-held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices
in the United Kingdom, France, Australasia, Japan and Brazil. For more
information, visit http://www.gojo.com.
PURELL(R) is a trademark of GOJO Industries, Inc. and is used with
SOURCE Ekahau, Inc.
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