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How MRSA Rates Sunk 42% at SC Health System

Nurse Leader Insider, September 22, 2016

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Written by Jennifer Thew, RN

After a South Carolina health system introduced an electronic system for monitoring handwashing compliance among clinical staff, it saw MRSA rates plummet.

Discussions about handwashing irk me because there is no excuse for healthcare professionals to not wash their hands. It's simple, only takes 20 seconds, and we've all been educated about the dangers viruses and bacteria—especially the drug-resistant kinds—pose to our patients.

So can't we just wash our hands already?

But after talking with Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, director of infection prevention at Greenville (SC) Health System, I realize applying Nike's concept of "Just Do It" to hand hygiene is too simplistic.

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