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Hospital goes high-tech to cut down on spreading germs

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Hospital-acquired infections can be life-threatening, so one Middle Tennessee hospital is going high-tech to help cut down on these infections.

As nurse Crystal Rowland heads into a patient's room at Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center, she goes right for the hand sanitizer.

The reason is simple, according to the hospital's CEO, Tom Ozburn.

"When you look at hospital-acquired infections, the biggest and more effective way to decrease is through hand hygiene," Ozburn said.

Here's how it works. When a staff member visits a patient's room, his or her badge sends a signal to a computer above the hand sanitizer that lets the machine know the care worker is in the patient's room.

It records when the staff member uses the hand sanitizer and when they don't.

Officials say it's already led to more employees washing their hands.

Another change at the hospital is there is no more problems reading handwriting. Instead of using dry-erase boards, things are going digital.

New boards in patient rooms allow doctors and nurses to show a patient accurate information, like goals, staff assignment, dietary restrictions and the pain scale.

The goal is to cut down on mistakes.

They can even use it to show a patient their X-rays or help explain a problem that's being addressed in surgery.

All of this information is sent from a central computer system in the hospital and updates throughout the day.

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