One out of every 25 patients obtains a healthcare-associated infection. Hand hygiene is the single most important way to prevent infection. Shanina Knighton saw opportunity in those facts and pitched her idea for the first bedside patient-controlled hand sanitation dispenser at Accelerate 2015. The dispensers have an antimicrobial coating and usage frequency reminder, requiring no staff assistance or bulky packaging.
Shanina was a runner up at the event and the seed funding was used to secure supplemental patents and Shanina continues to seek partners to support her project. She also received a Mather Prize from Case Western Reserve University in October 2015 recognizing her professional and academic achievement.