Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.
Summary from 5/25 Pacing Event: “Hand Hygiene Compliance and HAI Reductions”
As HIINs and hospitals work to reduce hospital-acquired infection rates, the importance of hand hygiene as a cross-cutting intervention continues to be highlighted. This Pacing Event discussed ideas and resources to electronically monitor providers’ hand hygiene behaviors as a way to improve compliance, reduce infections, and decrease hospital costs. Details regarding the over-estimation of appropriate handwashing among caregivers, the great results achieved as a result of improvements in this basic behavior, and linkages to the WHO Five Moments for Hand Hygiene was shared.
This session featured presentations from:
- Paul Alper, Chairman, the Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Organization, who discussed the importance of hand hygiene in reducing hospital-acquired infections, examples of the available technologies, and the results of implementing electronic hand hygiene compliance in hospital settings;
- Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention at Greenville Health System (Vizient HIIN), who discussed the health system’s implementation of hand hygiene compliance monitoring across hospitals of different types and sizes and the reductions they have achieved in C.diff and MRSA; and
- Jodi Hansen, a patient advocate, who shared her family’s journey with hand hygiene in the hospital setting. She issued a call to action around proper hand hygiene by providers, and the importance of educating patients and families.
To view and download slides from this pacing event, click here.