The effort is meant to improve hand-washing and hygiene among health care workers and hospital staff. The hospitals have designated hand-hygiene-compliance monitors to make sure the hand-washing rules are enforced.
One out of every 20 patients gets an infection in a hospital each year. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, about 90-thousand people die from them. The potential for infection has prompted hospitals across the country to pay more attention to the simple act of hand-washing