Dangerous microorganisms are transmitted by the hands. This makes hand hygiene, through hand washes or hand sanitizers, critical to public health. Linx asked, "How can we use design to inspire individuals and groups of individuals to participate in hand hygiene?" The answer is a combination of behavioral drivers with ergonomics that inspires engagement at the source of hygiene practice. Designed to increase hand hygiene compliance in commercial and public spaces, the Stealth hand hygiene dispenser makes it easier to improve hand hygiene compliance. A multi-disciplinary study brought us to the conclusion that end-users need a hand hygiene dispenser that can endure forces of a fast-paced environment, for example, hospitals. As a response, we employed durable housing and a dispensing lever that can be actuated from 180 degrees. Additionally, we integrated a customizable messaging system that end-users can tailor to employ language and images specific to their environment. Ultimately, the pairing of a Stealth hand hygiene dispenser with the messaging system inspires end-users to develop a hand hygiene culture. To meet the needs of another group of end-users included in our study, custodial staff, Linx integrated anti-vandalism engineering, anti-leak safety precautions, an optional locking hinge, a large window to check fluid levels, and a simplified bag loading mechanism.
Linx is a product development company that provides design, engineering, and contract manufacturing.