Web site spotlight: Boston nurses rap to promote hand hygiene compliance

Nurse Leader Insider, June 29, 2009

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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%.

"I was thrilled to offer my colleagues a fun way to remember to use good hand hygiene. It is such an important part of our terrific care that we give at MGH," says Albrecht. "My coworkers—the "SDSU Dancers"—deserve a lot of credit for sharing their creative dance moves."

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the article, "Boston nurses rap in hand hygiene video" featured in The Reading Room on HCPro's online resource center,

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