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The Neonatal Incubator ‘Traffic Light’ for better hand hygiene

Project summary

Bloodstream infections are the main cause of death on a neonatal intensive care. Cleanliness of the hands is the best way to help prevent infections or the spread of bacteria. Students from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences &  staff members from Erasmus MC have developed a system with a screen and a lamp. On the screen you can see how you need to wash your hands. The lamp indicates whether you can open the incubator, or not. 22 incubators will be produced which will be tested by Erasmus MC for half a year.


The purpose of the stop light is to change people’s behaviour. The students and staff members are hoping that the incubator will be taken into production so it can be used in other hospitals as well and ultimately more babies’ lives will be saved.

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