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.
Since 2017, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative has offered a collaborative approach for Kansas hospitals to continue improving hand hygiene adherence. More than 80 hospitals are participating in the KHC HIIN Hand Hygiene Collaborative (cohort 2) being conducted May 2019 through March 2020.
Many hand hygiene resources for the health care setting are provided below.
KHC HIIN Hand Hygiene Collaborative (private page)
Hand Hygiene Collaborative participants can log in to access cohort 2 resources on the private page.
Hand Hygiene Resources
- CDC – Hand Hygiene in the Healthcare Setting
- CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (10/25/2002): Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings
- World Health Organization (WHO): My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene
- WHO Starter Kit (includes observation tool)
- SHEA/IDSA Practice Recommendation: Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections through Hand Hygiene Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections through Hand Hygiene
- APIC Implementation Guides – NEW! Guide to Hand Hygiene Programs for Infection Prevention (2015)
- IHI How-to Guide: Improving Hand Hygiene
- TJC: Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence - Overcoming the Challenges
- HRET HIIN Up Campaign: Wake Up – Get Up – Soap Up – Script Up
- Use of a patient empowerment tool for hand hygiene
- CDC Quick Observation Tool: Observation of Hand Hygiene Provision of Supplies
- IHI Science of Improvement -- Testing Changes
- OSAP Hand Hygiene Toolkit
- Article: "Thanks for reminding me" -- The cultural change in hand hygiene
STRIVE Hand Hygiene Learning Modules
HRET and the CDC offer 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. Recommended audiences are your infection prevention team, medical staff and nursing staff.
Core Concepts for Hand Hygiene: Clean Hands for Health Care Personnel (HH101)
Duration: 15 min
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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)
Duration: 20 min
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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)
Duration: 25 min
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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.
Recorded Hand Hygiene Webinars
HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network
KHC HEN 1.0 Infection Prevention Hot Topics (Oct. 22, 2014)
→ Additional recorded webinar videos are available in the Hand Hygiene Collaborative members section.
For more information, contact
- Chuck Duffield, KHC performance improvement manager
- Michele Clark, KHC program director