Nosotech shares its innovation project related to the theme of the day: hand hygiene

May 5th, 2023

The importance of hand hygiene

Today, May 5th, 2023, is World Hand Hygiene Day, initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nosotech team is proud to share with you that it has recently been selected for a project supported by the Government of Quebec which consists in developing an alert tool for real-time monitoring of hand hygiene (HH).

According to the WHO, HH is the basis of any strategy to combat the emergence of antibiotic resistance or to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases. Fostering good HH is all the more important when you consider that…

A nosocomial infection increases a patient’s treatment costs by $20,000 to $60,000.

(Dhar S et al., 2021)

Consequently, HH monitoring is required in any hospital setting.

Limited monitoring

Today, the monitoring of HH is mainly carried out by manual audits and direct observations. This method is laborious, time-consuming and captures only a tiny fraction of activities. To overcome these limitations, automated tools have been developed.

These systems collect a large amount of data, but the analysis and use of this data remains very limited. One of the major shortcomings of these systems is the absence of mechanisms that would alert in real time when HH compliance drops below a determined threshold.

Objectives of the project

In collaboration with the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, the objectives of the project are:  

Develop and validate a new hand hygiene compliance monitoring tool using an automated real-time alert system.

This would allow for early intervention to prevent infections related to HH deficiencies and target opportunities for improvement.

The project will be launched soon and we look forward to sharing its progress with you!


Dhar, Sorabh, et al. “Strategies for effective infection prevention programs: structures, processes, and funding.” Infectious Disease Clinics 35.3 (2021): 531-551.

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