BioVigil in Ann Arbor Launches Hygiene Tracking System for Health Care Facilities

BioVigil in Ann Arbor, a provider of electronic hospital hygiene technology solutions, has launched a hand wash monitoring system powered by its new AccuWash Technology.
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BioVigil’s AccuWash Technology helps monitor the hygiene practices of patients, visitors, and health professionals, which can be used for contact tracing and to monitor hand hygiene compliance. // Photo courtesy of BioVigil

BioVigil in Ann Arbor, a provider of electronic hospital hygiene technology solutions, has launched a hand wash monitoring system powered by its new AccuWash Technology.

This system is designed to offer the most precise and thorough way to track hand washing compliance, according to BioVigil.

In hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, handwashing with soap and water is required over hand sanitizer in certain situations, such as when a patient has a C. difficile infection. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will not kill C. diff spores.

When the care team sets a patient room protocol to “contact plus,” BioVigil’s sink sensor with AccuWash Technology works with the BioVigil badge to alert health care providers to the sink washing protocol. AccuWash Technology then determines whether medical personnel or others washed their hands, which the company states has been shown to reduce cross contamination and health care associated infections (HAIs).

“This sink beacon uses thermal energy and a set of sophisticated sensors to detect when hands go into the sink,” says Ben Wood, director of engineering and technology for BioVigil. “That starts a timer, which provides visual cues as the user is washing and as they reach the CDC-recommended 20-second length of time. When the wash is complete, the sink beacon turns green. If the user stops the wash before it’s complete, it is not recorded as compliant.”

The sink beacon with AccuWash Technology is part of a complete electronic hand hygiene system that includes a room sensor, a badge sensor, and a data suite. Health care facilities have wide-ranging information from the facility down to individual levels, which can be used for contact tracing and to monitor hand hygiene compliance.

The BioVigil system, the company states, has helped numerous partners across the country improve hand hygiene behavior, reduce HAIs by up to 83 percent, achieve 97 percent hand hygiene compliance, and improve LeapFrog quality grades.

“No other hand hygiene monitoring solution has the capability of AccuWash Technology to track a complete hand wash down to the individual health care provider,” says Sanjay Gupta, president and CEO of BioVigil. “AccuWash Technology enhances our solution that also uses alcohol sensing badges to detect whether hand sanitizer was used. It goes well beyond other systems that merely measure clicks of and proximity to a product dispenser.”

Sink sensors with AccuWash Technology are being used at pilot sites, including acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities. Initial results indicate high user satisfaction, ease of use, and compliance. Patient visitors appear motivated by the visual alerts on the sink beacon, which contributes to a more thorough wash. The product will be commercially available in early 2024.

The AccuWash Technology also has the potential to be used in commercial food preparation, restaurants, and other settings. BioVigil is in talks with several other industries to discuss future applications.