Website spotlight: Facility finds new ways to improve hand hygiene success rates

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 27, 2011

Of all the challenges U.S. hospitals face, few are as unifying as hand hygiene—extremely important and, as many facilities struggle with compliance, extremely difficult to get right.

At Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Burlington, NC, a reexamination of how hand hygiene compliance was measured has led to an improved and better overall process for supporting good hand hygiene practices.

The effort began with a serious look at ARMC's previous measurement practices.

"We had had two ways of measuring hand hygiene compliance," says Sara Wall, RN, MSN, infection preventionist at ARMC. "When I first came [to ARMC], we had one way of measuring hand hygiene that had really good results, much better than what I was hearing that other organizations were getting, so we wanted to verify it."

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