Sassoon Hospital uses app to raise awareness on handwashing

The Microbiology Department of Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) has taken a unique initiative by executing handwashing habit with the help of an application. The department would also be giving certificate to the ICU and to the ward which has highest compliance


Around two months ago the department trained doctors, nurses, ward boys and other hospital staff on how to do handwashing. Infection control nurses are now been given responsibility to observe handwashing of different departments and ICU’s and register the data on the app accordingly.

Dr Anju Kagal, Head of microbiology department at SGH, said, “Patients trusts us when they come to the hospital. They come to the hospital to get cure. In this case, hospital staff cannot give them another infection, just because he staff did not do handwashing. So much of money is already being spent on hospital induced infections which are all preventable. It is with this thought we started this initiative.”

The department is also making relatives of patients and other visitors of the hospital aware on importance of handwashing. The department has already collected monthly data of last two months.

“We had taken an exclusive training of hospital staff. We observed handwashing habits of staff and pointed out mistakes on individual basis. The World Health Organization has detailed guidelines on hand washing and we have followed that,” she added.

Dr Ajay Chandanwale, dean of SGH, said, “We are always trying to improve health care delivery at our hospital. Maintaining good hygiene and cleanliness practices is always our top priority. Such unique initiatives help in ensuring compliance.”