Web site spotlight: Boston nurses rap in hand hygiene video

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, June 19, 2009

Hospitals commonly display visual aids, such as banners, posters, and signs to remind staff to practice proper hand hygiene, but nurses in Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) same day surgery unit (SDSU) may have found a more memorable way to get the message across: creating a rap video.

Dubbed the "Cal Stat Rap," the humorous, educational music video depicts Pauline M. Albrecht, RN, BSN, as she rhymes about the importance of using the facility's Cal Stat sanitizers and performing proper hand-washing protocol to prevent the spread of infection. Various other hospital staff also have cameos in the film; some can be seen dancing with bottles of Cal Stat and others demonstrating when to use it.

The rap, written and produced by Albrecht, is the latest component of MGH's hand hygiene campaign, which formerly led staff in its neonatal ICU, medical ICU, and one cardiac unit to achieve 100% compliance before and after patient contact for three consecutive months. The facility's overall hand hygiene compliance is currently peaked at 90%.

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