A hand hygiene system developed by Xhale Innovation’s engineering facility in Bowling Green has been selected as a winner in the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition.
HyGreen is a wireless system that was designed to help hospitals decrease the nearly two million healthcare-associated infections that occur each year. After cleaning their hands with alcohol-based sanitizers (soap or gel), healthcare workers place them under the HyGreen sensor that sniffs for alcohol and sends a wireless “all clean” message to a badge worn by the healthcare worker. A wireless monitor mounted above the patient bed searches for the message – if it’s absent, the badge vibrates, reminding the healthcare worker to wash. All interactions are recorded in real-time, showing who is washing and who is not.
“This award recognizes the important work that medical device companies are doing to advance the design and functionality of products that contribute to improved patient outcomes and aid medical professionals on the front lines of delivering care,” said Xhale Innovations CEO Richard Allen.
Entries in the Medical Design Excellence Awards competition were reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine and diagnostics.
Hygreen was also the winner of the 2009 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award.