Hand Hygiene Compliance

Germs live everywhere – on your skin, hair, mouth, clothes, toys, door handles, countertops, etc. Dirty hands can spread germs that cause infections. Clean hands prevent the spread of infections. Keeping your hands clean is the most important thing you can do to stop germs from spreading.

  • Organizational hand hygiene compliance goal is > 97%
  • Hand hygiene compliance in FY22 to date is at 98%
  • Hospital-wide hand hygiene audit volumes continue to increase toward goal of 200 observations/unit/month
  • Hand hygiene committee meets monthly with focus on achieving and maintaining 200 observations/unit/month, as well as achieving and maintaining 100% hand hygiene compliance
  • Hand hygiene education increased due to COVID-19

Graph showing decreasing rates of hand hygiene compliance from fiscal year 2012 to second quarter fiscal year 2024

Graph displays fiscal year data

What you can do to help:

When it comes to hand hygiene, consider these best practices:

  • Use soap and water to clean your hands and lather well for 15-20 seconds.
  • Wash your hands if you can see that they are dirty, when you have touched body fluids and after using the restroom or changing a diaper.
  • Gel in and gel out regularly using an alcohol-based sanitizer like Purell®. There are sanitation stations all over the hospital, look for the “Gel In – Gel Out” symbol throughout the hospital that reminds everyone to clean their hands.
  • Make sure other people clean their hands, too. It is OK to remind staff and visitors to clean our hands when entering or going out of your child’s room.

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