Implementation examples

Implementation examplesImplementation examples

Hospitals and medical centers are taking things “into their own hands” and coming up with novel, effective ways to encourage hand hygiene. Here are just a few examples.

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center recently filmed a music video that features employees washing their hands to the tune of the popular Beatles song “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

The song, “I’m Gonna Wash My Hands,” is performed by The Bluz Dogz, a local band featuring Dr. Harold Segal and Sierra Vista nurses Linda Martin and Bud McCabe. The lyrics encourage people to wash their hands to help stop the spread of infection. Nathan Nybakke, Director of Radiology, filmed the music video at the hospital, which features employees from the entire facility.

The video kicks off Sierra Vista’s “Clean Hands — Clean Environment” hand-washing campaign. Light pole banners were also hung to remind visitors about the importance of washing their hands as a way of controlling infections and contributing to their overall health.

Novant Health

A complete set of hand hygiene campaign materials is available at no cost. The source files are provided and include provisions for custom branding with either Adobe InDesign or Acrobat. There are posters, banners, mirror decals, billboards, tray liners, yard signs and computer wallpapers and screensavers.

Infection Control Today

This publication assembled hand hygiene compliance strategies from its readers.

University of Geneva Hospitals

Professor Didier Pittet, Director, Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, is also the External Programme Lead, WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge: Clean Care is Safer Care. His institution, the University of Geneva, has several resources for hand hygiene and a video for hand hygiene education