Tag Archives: Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene: Move Beyond Measurement and Nurture Change

Weighing a chicken doesn’t make it fatter. That piece of wisdom comes from William Bornstein, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Emory Healthcare. It might seem strange for a medical doctor to “weigh i...

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Investment is Required to Create Resilient Patient Safety Systems

Patient safety systems must be able to withstand serious threats to patient safety. If such systems whither when confronted with staff shortages, supply chain disruptions, or infectious diseases, they cannot be considered patient safety systems. A sy...

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Leapfrog Not Backing Down on Hand Hygiene Requirements

Some hospitals have asked The Leapfrog Group to relax its hand hygiene standards, says Leah Binder, Leapfrog’s president and CEO, according to a January 28, 2022 Becker’s Hospital Review article.  That’s not going to happen. Becker’s Hos...

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Tying Executive Compensation to Hand Hygiene? Be Careful.

Should nurse managers get a financial bonus if their units achieve excellence in hand hygiene? Should hospital leaders be penalized if hand hygiene rates remain low? Maybe. The current Leapfrog Hand Hygiene survey asks if “senior administrative lea...

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5 Common Mistakes That Will Impact Your Leapfrog Hand Hygiene Survey

Want to earn a top Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade?  Pour some extra effort into avoiding these five common mistakes that can negatively affect your rating on the Leapfrog Hand Hygiene survey: 1. Failing to monitor all bedside areas The Leapfrog ...

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Empowering Patients to Speak Up About Hand Hygiene

Patients are an important part of the hand hygiene equation. The CDC website reminds patients that they “can play a role in asking and reminding healthcare providers to clean their hands,” and the latest Leapfrog hand hygiene standards include as...

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Clean Hands – Safe Hands Featured in Georgia Trend

ATLANTA, GA – September 7, 2021 – Clean Hands–Safe Hands announced today that they have been featured in Georgia Trend Magazine’s article, “A Byte of Prevention.” The article discusses the partnership between Clean Hands ̵...

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How Gamification Increases Hand Hygiene Performance

Gamification – the process of adding games to a task to encourage participation and enhance motivation – can effectively boost all kinds of healthy behaviors, including hand hygiene. Since Nick Pelling, a computer programmer, coined the term “g...

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Sustainable Change for Healthcare Hand Hygiene is a Process

If achieving excellent hand hygiene rates resulted from simply purchasing and installing an electronic monitoring system, every hospital in America would already own a high-tech system. The upfront investment would quickly be offset by decreased heal...

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Why Individual Data is the Key to Hand Hygiene Excellence

If you want excellent performance, you need data that can be attributed to an individual. This applies to many areas across healthcare improvement not just hand hygiene Group interventions and aggregate reports are a great place to start, but they ca...

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