Could Cameras Protect You From Infection at Pennsylvania Hospitals?

Cameras may have an important role to play in protecting patients from dangerous and preventable infections in Pennsylvania hospitals.

Recently, a New York hospital installed cameras above hand washing stations in intensive care units. The camera records the staff member washing his or her hands and blinks after 10 seconds letting the staff person know that their compliance has been recorded. The hospital reports a 90% compliance rate with hand washing since installing cameras and also reports a corresponding decrease in infections.

What do you think about cameras to record the actions of doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff members? Is it an important tool that will improve medical outcomes or is it an unnecessary form of oversight for Pennsylvania hospitals?