Hy-genie, a portfolio company within the Deepbridge Life Sciences EIS fund, was a worthy winner of Business Cloud's MedTech 50 innovation ranking last year - with the help from Alder Hey Children's Hospital in its progress.
A newly published study in prestigious medical journal BMJ – co-authored by Cooke, Darren Powell, head of pathology at Alder Hey, and research associate Katie-Rose Cawthorne – highlights how the anonymised system led to an almost 15% increase in hand hygiene performance in the low-risk pathology department during a six-week intervention period, with no significant change in workload.
The study tracked 102 pathology staff working across five speciality disciplines in a confined department with little outside access.
Gavin Delaney, Chief Executive Officer at Hand Hygiene Solutions Limited, commenting of the hospital’s willingness to pilot the technology during COVID-19:
“I can’t thank Alder Hey enough – without them, we would have had to mothball the company for two years. It’s as simple as that, we were able to access secure areas of the hospital: whilst people were running around doing things which were far more important than dealing with us, they still found time to help us, which was amazing.”
Dr Richard Cooke, the founder of Hy-genie, recently retired from his position as the ‘Director of Infection Prevention & Control’ at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and was responsible for reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infection. Hy-genie was built with an aspiration to achieve 100% hand hygiene compliance performance in hospitals and aims to significantly reduce the risk of patients developing HCAIs.
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