As part of laying the foundation with a new hospital customer, one of the first things we do is set up a group hand hygiene competition. We build teams based on shift, unit or job role, or we can create random teams to compete in a bracket challenge. Over several weeks, we offer prizes to the teams with the highest hand hygiene performance rates.
It may sound straightforward, but this simple tool is deceptively powerful and sets up a strong foundation for the overall success of our system. Here are the six ways group competitions successfully set the stage for behavior change:
Do group competitions work? Absolutely. A recent hospital improved their hand hygiene performance rates by over 40% with a six-week group competition.