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It Ain’t No Jive: Hand Hygiene Saves Lives - Hands Up


Program Overview

Memorial Healthcare System implemented a hand hygiene campaign called “It Ain’t No Jive: Hand Hygiene Saves Lives – Hands Up,” a month-long awareness, education and recognition program aimed at reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The program featured a “Happy Days” theme, named after the popular 1970s television show about life in the 1950s.

Objectives

The hospital’s objective was to improve compliance with hand hygiene best practices, to help reduce HAIs.

Solutions

The infection prevention team created awareness and brought attention to the importance of hand hygiene by dressing in 50s costumes each Thursday as they distributed educational materials on hand washing to all departments. Costumed infection prevention team members handed out prizes to staff who correctly answered questions on a hand hygiene quiz. The educational effort also included a poster contest depicting why hand washing is important.

The infection prevention team created awareness and brought attention to the importance of hand hygiene by dressing in 50s costumes each Thursday as they distributed educational materials on hand washing to all departments. Costumed infection prevention team members handed out prizes to staff who correctly answered questions on a hand hygiene quiz. The educational effort also included a poster contest depicting why hand washing is important. The team also introduced “Hands Up for Hand Hygiene,” a concept where someone raises their hands as a non-threatening way to remind staff when someone is observed not washing their hands.

Outcomes

As a result of the campaign, all departments saw an increase in hand-washing compliance.