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Method of Monitoring Usage of Hand Wash Dispenser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245707D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-31
Document File: 8 page(s) / 211K

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Abstract

The disclosure generally relates to a method of monitoring usage of at least one hand wash dispenser with use of a hand hygiene monitoring system. The method initiates with counting the number of usages or monitoring weight of the at least one hand wash dispenser to determine a count value. Thereafter, the count value of the at least one hand was dispenser is compared with a predetermined value. Based on the comparison, a usage data of the at least one hand wash dispenser is determined and displayed. Moreover, the count value of the at least one hand wash dispenser is compared with a threshold value is equal to or greater than the an alert signal is generated when the count value is equal to or greater than the threshold value.

Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Method of Monitoring Usage of Hand Wash Dispenser

This disclosure generally relates to a method of monitoring usage of at least one hand wash dispenser. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to the method that determines a need of replacement and /or refilling of the at least one hand wash dispenser.

Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with at least one hand wash dispenser installed at a location within the healthcare facility. A hand wash dispenser commonly includes hand wash juice that may be used for hand sanitization purposes. The hand wash juice may include, such as but not limited to, sanitizer, alcohol, and/or soap. In general, a hospital staff is employed to continuously monitor usage of the hand wash dispenser installed at a location within the healthcare facility. More specifically, the hospital staff replaces and/or refills the hand wash dispensers, when entire hand wash juice of the hand wash dispensers is used away and the hand wash dispensers is empty. Conventionally, hospital staff manually visits the location of the healthcare facility to monitor the usage of the at least one hand wash dispenser. However, it may be cumbersome for the hospital staff (or a caregiver) to manually monitor the usage of the at least one hand wash dispenser at each point of time. This may sometimes cause a failure to replace and/or refill the at least one hand wash dispenser, resulting in poor hand hygiene practices.

The disclosure generally relates to a method of monitoring usage of at least one hand wash dispenser with use of a hand hygiene monitoring system. The method initiates with counting the number of usages or monitoring weight of the at least one hand wash dispenser to determine a count value. Thereafter, the count value of the at least one hand wash dispenser is compared with a predetermined value. Based on the comparison, a usage data of the at least one hand wash dispenser is determined and displayed. Moreover, the count value of the at least one hand wash dispenser is compared with a threshold value. Based on the comparison, an alert signal is generated when the count value is equal to or greater than the threshold value.

A perspective view of a healthcare facility 100, is shown in FIG. 1. The healthcare facility 100 commonly employs at least one hand wash dispenser 102 installed at a location within the healthcare facility 100. For ease of reference, the at least one hand wash dispenser 102 will be referred to as the dispenser 102, interchangeably herein after. The dispenser 102 is commonly filled with hand wash juice for sanitization purposes. The dispenser 102 includes a push button 104 that may be pressed to extract hand wash juice from the dispenser 102. Notably, a certain fixed amount of hand wash juice is extracted from the dispenser 102, whenever the push button 104 is pressed. Moreover, the dispenser 102 is continuously monitored for usage, to determine a need to replace and/or refill the dispe...