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Experts Offer Tips for Making Hand Hygiene Lessons Stick
1/17/2013
It’s the start of a New Year, and with that comes the classic tradition: the New Year’s Resolution.
Why not make one of this year’s resolutions to finally knock hand hygiene compliance rates out of the park? This year, figure out how to make hand hygiene “stick” for your staff. Methods to teach and encourage proper methods of hand hygiene and compliance for all staff members range from the personal, to the sneaky, to the outright gross. Here’s a roundup of tips, tricks, and tools from two of ECRI Institute’s infection prevention specialists, Sharon Bradley, RN, CIC, and James Davis, BSN, RN, CCRN, CIC.

Most important, say Davis and Bradley, is an understanding of hand hygiene’s long-term effects. “You need to make people understand that there is a ripple effect when hand hygiene is not performed; it hurts the patients,” says Davis. “In critical care, you may perfectly manage one patient on continuous renal replacement therapy, a ventilator, and an intra-aortic balloon pump. However, if you’re not washing your hands, you’re not helping them as much as you think.” Simply put, not washing your hands can undo all of your efforts toward a patient’s health and survival.

To read the rest of the article from Infection Control Today: CLICK HERE
In Pedagogy’s Handwashing Responsibilities in Healthcare, online continuing education course, the author Angil Tarach-Ritchey RN has put this tip into action. The author states that “hand hygiene is not an option in our commitment to care. It is our professional and ethical responsibility to provide the safest care we can by eliminating as much potential harm and often fatal infections by following appropriate infection control practices, especially hand hygiene.”

Healthcare facilities and agencies around the nation are using Handwashing Responsibilities in Healthcare to remind healthcare providers that we are in the business to provide excellent care to our patients and residents. The SIMPLE act of hand hygiene is our statement of this commitment. The course is packed with health care acquired statistics that reinforce the detrimental consequences of poor hand hygiene and infection prevention practices. 


To read more details about the course CLICK HERE.
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