Clean Hands

    Observation protocol “Hand-hygiene in the NICU”

    Publication date: 01 January 2013

    Students work together on stimulating compliance with hand-hygiene procedures in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), part of the paediatric department at Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam.


    Students have developed a prototype to measure whether nurses and physicians use sufficient disinfecting alcohol-based formulation and follow the protocol (perform it correctly and at the right time). A warning system is attached to it. The next step is to pilot test the innovation on a larger scale with more incubators. To achieve this aim, close collaboration with researchers and experts from the research programme Healthcare Innovations with Technology has been established.