“We now know that one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness is to wash your hands,” says Jill Andrea, Spooner Health’s Director of Quality. “At Spooner, we take hand hygiene seriously, which protects our patients and contributes to our very low incidence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).”
Hand Hygiene Initiatives
Jill oversees the hand hygiene initiatives at SHS. “Employees attend mandatory education sessions annually where hand hygiene is discussed,” she says. “We also provide monthly education on the importance of hand hygiene for anyone who has direct patient contact.”
Other initiatives include:
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“Compliance with handwashing guidelines make a significant difference in a healthcare setting,” Jill says. “Overall, we may have only two or three hospital-acquired infections per year. It may seem excessive to expect people to wash their hands 50 to 60 times a day, but our first concern is for patient safety.”
Are you washing your hands correctly?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should wash your hands in warm, soapy water for about 20 seconds (about the time it takes to hum “Happy Birthday” twice), rinse and dry. If soap and water are unavailable, hand sanitizers are a good option only if hands are not visibly soiled.
When you should wash your hands:
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