Xhale Innovations Receives Patent for Hand Washing Compliance Detection System

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Dr. Richard Melker, Chief Technology Officer for Xhale Innovations (XI), along with co-inventors Dr. Donn Dennis, Chief Science Officer for XI, and Drs. Christopher Batich and Nikolaus Gravenstein from the University of Florida have been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,755494 entitled “Hand Washing Compliance Detection.”

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We are pleased to have this new patent added to our overall intellectual property portfolio

Dr. Richard Melker, Chief Technology Officer for Xhale Innovations (XI), along with co-inventors Dr. Donn Dennis, Chief Science Officer for XI, and Drs. Christopher Batich and Nikolaus Gravenstein from the University of Florida have been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,755494 entitled “Hand Washing Compliance Detection.” This innovative technology is the basis for the HyGreen® Intelligent Hand Hygiene System. HyGreen is a real-time hand hygiene system that actively reminds healthcare workers to wash their hands while recording all hand washing events in the hospital environment.

According to Dr. Melker, this patent describes a new method of using chemical sensors to detect hand hygiene products, like soaps and gels containing alcohol, on the hands of healthcare workers immediately after they are applied. “This new patent covers several important functionalities that are merged together into a complete system that is easy to use. It is the first of several patent applications we have filed on this technology. With more than 1.7 million people contracting healthcare associated infections each year and with more than half of those infections caused by the lack of hand washing by healthcare workers, it’s easy to understand the need for hand hygiene compliance and why HyGreen® is so important.”

Studies show that healthcare associated infections take the lives of nearly 270 people in the U.S. every day and add between $30 - 50 billion to U.S. healthcare costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that many of these infections are caused by the lack of hand washing before and after each patient contact. The HyGreen® Hand Hygiene System addresses this problem by reminding healthcare workers to wash their hands and by recording all hand washing events and patient-staff interactions in the hospital.

“We are pleased to have this new patent added to our overall intellectual property portfolio,” said CEO, Richard Allen. “In the past year, HyGreen® has won two prestigious awards: the Popular Science Best of What’s New Award and the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award. All this combined attests to the quality of our design and the value of our product.”

About Xhale Innovations, Inc.
Xhale Innovations, Inc. (XI) designs systems that help increase patient safety through technology. XI is a subsidiary of Xhale, Inc. which was formed in 2005 following six years of research and intellectual property development at the University of Florida, Gainesville. The company's corporate operations are headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, near the University of Florida campus, and the company's production and engineering facilities are located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. XI’s HyGreen system has won the both the 2009 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award and the 2010 Medical Design Excellence Award. For more information, visit the XI HyGreen website at http://www.gohygreen.com.

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