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February 28, 2010

3M, Patient Care Technology Systems Join Hands On Automated Hand Hygiene Solution

3M and Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering have signed an agreement to bring an automated hand hygiene compliance solution to healthcare customers globally.

By CBR Staff Writer

Reportedly, the system will be based on PCTS’ Amelior 360° Hand Hygiene module, a hand hygiene compliance solution designed for hospitals, surgical centers, clinics, and health care facilities.

Using real-time locating system (RTLS) technology and specialised hand hygiene dispenser attachments, the technology includes PCTS’ tracking and workflow orchestration engine, which automatically and continuously evaluates staff members’ hand hygiene activities throughout a patient encounter. Caregivers are notified when they have or have not complied with appropriate protocols.

Debra Rectenwald, division vice president of infection prevention at 3M, said: “The agreement with PCTS combines their technology with our proven expertise in hand hygiene, and strengthens our goal of reducing hospital acquired infections and improving patient outcomes. Together, PCTS and 3M will bring an innovative solution to market that helps our healthcare customers better meet stringent regulatory and reporting requirements.”

Tony Marsico, president and CEO of PCTS, said: “With more focus on reduction of HAIs than ever before, our new technology will help healthcare facilities worldwide improve communication, enhance coordination, streamline process flow, and most importantly, improve hand hygiene compliance.”

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