Everyone who enters a healthcare facility has the right to expect the highest standards for patient/resident safety and quality. One of the most fundamental ways to achieve these standards is to create and value a culture in which hand hygiene is second nature.
Given that compliance rates—when measured accurately and reliably—typically fall below 50%, a sound and evidence-based strategic framework is essential to drive sustained improvement. Such an approach provides a checklist of hand hygiene program elements that all work together to ensure optimized hand hygiene behavior.
About a year ago, we introduced a strategic framework, “The 6 Essential Elements of Hand Hygiene™,” to help make hand hygiene second nature for all. Over the past year, we’ve refined our framework to make it easier to implement across your facility. Feel free to share this educational tool with your infection prevention, epidemiology, patient/resident safety and quality leadership teams.