UMHS Supports International Hand Hygiene Day

May 5, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News,

Hand hygiene compliance is an ongoing priority for UMHS. Today is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Hand Hygiene Day and a good reminder that, as healthcare professionals, we have a responsibility to promote and practice good hand hygiene measures with our patients and each other.

Clean hands are the first line of defense and one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness. Here are some “handy” tips for success when it comes to maximizing hand hygiene compliance in your areas:

  • Take a “hands-on” approach: Play an active role in leading the hand hygiene compliance effort by setting an example and demonstrating good hand hygiene yourself!
  • Lend a “hand:” When schedules get hectic, it’s easy to forget even the most important of tasks, such as practicing good hand hygiene. Help out your colleagues by providing gentle reminders to wash their hands. The only response when reminded should be “thank you” (Clean – Remind – Thank!). After all, it’s better to have a colleague remind you than to have a patient ask you.
  • All “hands” on deck: Use hand hygiene as an opportunity to foster teamwork and strengthen relationships. Regular department meetings are a great occasion to remind everyone about expectations.
  • Be a safe pair of “hands:” Remember, patients already have enough to worry about. Wondering if their healthcare providers are practicing safe hand hygiene shouldn’t be a concern! Patient safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Today, all six operating rooms (on- and off-site) will be wearing t-shirts that demonstrate their commitment to clean hands, as this year WHO’s theme is focused on hand hygiene in surgical settings. In addition, hand hygiene champions will continue to demonstrate our commitment to clean hands throughout the year.

Visit the WHO website for more information about International Hand Hygiene Day or for tools and resources related to hand hygiene.