Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infections. Your health care providers should always wash their hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
- Before and after patient contact
- After contact with blood or contaminated surfaces
- Before invasive procedures
- After removing gloves
At Women & Infants, staff learns proper hand hygiene when they are hired and every year after. Their compliance is measured by a team of Hand Hygiene Champions, which also gives one-on-one coaching and teaching if needed.
These efforts have helped the hospital achieve and maintain a high level of compliance.
Patients and families can help prevent infections by practicing hand hygiene themselves and asking or reminding health care providers to perform hand hygiene. So go ahead – ask us if we’ve washed our hands!