Sanitizer Dispensing Door Handle System

Seton Healthcare Family - Patent Pending

Seton Healthcare Family – Patent Pending

Seton is committed to fostering an environment that encourages innovation. As part of this initiative, we support advancements in process that improve patient care.

One such invention is a hand sanitizer dispensing door handle system that aids in mitigating the spread of nosocomial infections through increased hand hygiene compliance. Designed by Dr. James Allred and developed with Seton, the push/pull door-mounted design includes a sanitizer delivery system operable independently of the door latch, allowing hand sanitizer to be dispensed when the door latch is actuated as well as when the door latch is not actuated, allowing multiple users to sanitize their hands at any time.

Designed to be used in a teaching hospital setting, the dispenser can also be used by passersby while the door is not in use.

University of Texas mechanical engineering undergraduate students partnered with Seton and Medical Innovation Labs (MIL) to build a physical model of the door handle system. MIL will further refine the prototype for development into a commercial product.

Background

It is well known that hand hygiene non-compliance results in healthcare associated infections. Barriers to compliance include perceived inconvenience, forgetfulness, and lack of accessibility. Existing commercial products are incompatible with traditional hospital room door handles, installed on one side of a door, utilize traditional dispensing mechanisms, and do not promote user adoption. Hand sanitizer dispensers that are incapable of dispensing hand sanitizer without actuating a door latch may be impractical for use by certain individuals wishing to practice hand sanitization, for example, an individual passing by the hand sanitizer dispenser in a hallway, any individual when the door is open, a second or subsequent visitor or health care provider to a patient’s room, may be required to unnecessarily actuate the door latch to obtain hand sanitizer, which may be disruptive to a surrounding environment or harmful to patient perception.

Advantages

  • Sanitizer delivery system operable independently of door latch
  • Coupled system for front and backside of door
  • Avoids surface contamination of door handle

Status

Patent Pending

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