Hand Hygiene

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Clean hands save lives.

Hospitals are committed to safe, quality care.  Hand hygiene is the single most effective intervention to reduce the cross transmission of healthcare-associated infections.  However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, health care providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.

SAVE LIVES:  Clean Your Hands
May 5, 2021
is the World Health Organization's global call to action for health workers

From July 2017 through March 2020, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative offered a collaborative approach for Kansas hospitals to continue improving hand hygiene adherence.  More than 95 hospitals participated in one or both cohorts of the KHC HIIN Hand Hygiene Collaborative, the most recent conducted May 2019 through March 2020.

Many hand hygiene resources for the health care setting are available.

 

Hand Hygiene Resources

Articles


Guidelines and Recommendations


Success Stories


Toolkits


Videos

  • "Foam Please"  "Thank You"  by The University of Tennessee Medical Center, 2018 (1:00 min.)
  • Instructional hand hygiene videos prepared for the KHC HIIN Hand Hygiene Collaborative by The University of Kansas Health System, January 2020
    "Collecting an observation" (paper or electronic) (1:27 min.)
    "Planning a small test of change" (1:12 min.)
    "Reviewing and sharing your results" (1:20 min.)

Brochures


Posters


Educational Resources

 

KHC HIIN Hand Hygiene Collaborative

(Cohort 2, May 2019 - March 2020)

Session 1 -- May 3, 2019

Session 2 -- August 16, 2019

Session 3 -- November 1, 2019

Session 4 -- February 7, 2020


STRIVE Hand Hygiene Learning Modules

HRET and the CDC offered online learning modules for hospitals participating in the STRIVE (States Targeting Reduction in Infections via  Engagement) Project.  We have received permission to share these resources with you.  (Webinar recordings are no longer available, however, the slides include the speakers' notes.)  Recommended audiences are your infection prevention team, medical staff and nursing staff.

Core Concepts for Hand Hygiene: Clean Hands for Health Care Personnel (HH101)
Outline the importance of effective hand hygiene for protection of health care personnel and patients. Participants will also be able to describe proper hand hygiene techniques, including when various techniques should be used.

Hand Hygiene: Education, Monitoring and Feedback (HH102)
Calculate hand hygiene adherence rates based upon hand hygiene events and opportunities, compare and contrast different hand hygiene adherence monitoring methods and list components of a hand hygiene data collection tool.

Identifying Motivators for Hand Hygiene: External and Internal Factors (HH103)
Recognize common challenges to the performance of hand hygiene, discuss the role of external and internal factors that influence behavior change, identify motivators for hand hygiene and describe methods to inform improvement efforts.


Contact Us

For more information, contact

  • Michele Clark, KHC program director
    (785) 235-0763 ext.1321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.