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December 5, 2011

Dear Colleague,

Handwashing – a simple procedure to help stop the spread of infection, right? Yet compliance remains a significant issue. Researchers in the United Kingdom found that glove use significantly reduced levels of hand hygiene.  Another study found that health care providers had improved hand hygiene practices when they knew they were being videotaped. There remains a great need for education about the importance of hand hygiene.

The following tips were published in the November issue of Nursing2011. I think they are worth reviewing and sharing with colleagues and I hope you do too. You can read the entire article Patient Safety: Healing touch: Tips for Successful Hand Hygiene, as well as the other articles in our More Resources list, free!

Seven tips for successful hand hygiene

Effects of Peer Monitoring and Peer Feedback on Hand Hygiene in Surgical Intensive Care Unit and Step-down Units

Patient Safety: Healing touch: Tips for successful hand hygiene

Ethics in Practice: Hand Hygiene as Standard Practice: Do the Rules Apply to All Healthcare Professionals?

Spread the Word, Not the Germs: A Toolkit for Faith Communities

Spotlight On: Using Student Nurses as Hand-Washing Ambassadors: A Model to Promote Advocacy and Enhance Infection Control Practice

Your Role In Infection Prevention

  1. Keep it simple - format CDC guidelines into simple messages and define dirty and clean zones.
  2. Place hand-hygiene products where they're needed - at the point of care and at the entrance to and exit from the patient environment.
  3. Integrate hand hygiene needs into workflow.
  4. Ensure multidisciplinary involvement.
  5. Provide ongoing education.
  6. Monitor compliance and share results.
  7. Remember the direct impact of hand hygiene on patients and families.

I can’t believe our next issue will be the last for 2012! Don’t miss it – it will have our top 10 lists of CE and articles from the year.

Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP
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