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Creative Campaigns Can Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance

June 02, 2015

idea2Hand cleaning is the single most effective way to control the spread of disease, so it makes sense that proper education is a key priority for healthcare facilities. Given the patient safety implications, lack of proper hand hygiene compliance should not be tolerated.


Some healthcare facilities have implemented their own initiatives to help drive better compliance:


  • Want to be considered for employment at Cork University Hospital or Bantry General Hospital in Ireland? You should complete their online hand hygiene course and have your certificate ready or you won’t be considered.
  • Do you want to further your studies while you’re working at St. James Hospital in Dublin? You better get trained in hand hygiene first.

  • Would you like a parking permit while working at Connolly Hospital in Dublin? Then you need to complete their mandatory hand hygiene training.

  • Cleaning your hands with celebrities – could it get any better? Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island featured Elvis and other (cut out) celebrities to encourage patients to remind staff to clean their hands.

  • Do you care if the public can see your hand hygiene compliance rates? If you work at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario you’ll care. They post their scores in all heavily trafficked areas throughout the facilities. Those places include all entrances, the food court and near staff badge-in kiosks. Plus, you don’t want their “Bug Busters” coming after you!

Are these initiatives extreme? Absolutely not, considering the fact that MRSA, a superbug that resists antibiotics, is a bigger factor in healthcare than it ever has been before. In 1993, there were less than 2,000 cases reported and in 2005 there were nearly 368,000 cases. Proper hand hygiene is more critical now than ever.


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