The WASH ‘EM PROUD initiative continues to be a top priority in 2013. Here are some highlights from 2012:
• We met our goal to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by 10% from 2011. While our ultimate goal is zero HAIs, we had the best year on record.
• Children’s staff hand washing compliance rate was 39% in 2011 and 52% in 2012. We still have much work to do, but we are making progress.
• 3M Avagard D hand hygiene product implementation has begun. 3M Avagard D is replacing the Ecolab Quick Care foam. It is shown to be gentler on hands, making them less dry. Watch for the new product to arrive in your unit soon.
• Children’s released the WASH ‘EM PROUD song and video. Children’s staff, Youth Advisory Council Members, patients, and volunteers dance and sing in the video to spread the word about hand hygiene.
Watch the WASH ‘EM PROUD video
In 2013, we will continue to track hand hygiene rates to gather unit-specific data, continue to develop effective communication strategies for sharing important hand hygiene messages, and place a continued emphasis on the culture of safety.
Thank you for your commitment to the WASH ‘EM PROUD initiative.