Hand Hygiene Replication

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Hand Hygiene Replication


Hand hygiene program revised to involve patients, families, update staff and practitioners on appropriate hand hygiene and glove use practices.

As part of our efforts to improve hand hygiene compliance and appropriate glove use, the Regina Area has revised its hand hygiene program to involve patients and families and to update staff and practitioners on appropriate hand hygiene and glove use practices.

Implementation of the revised practices and processes has begun on Unit 3F and will continue to all units in the Medicine Service Line throughout 2018-19. Savanna Brown, a quality and strategy specialist with the Medicine Quality and Strategy Business Unit, will support each Medicine Inpatient unit as it implements new processes and performs ongoing audits. Patient family advisors will collect feedback from patients and families throughout the replication. Changes will be rolled out to other service lines once improvements have been sustained through monitoring and auditing. This should take about 4-6 weeks.

In conjunction with this work, nutrition and food services, unit support workers and client porters have changed hand hygiene and personal protective equipment practices including glove use. To learn more about these changes please ask your supervisor or manager. New employees will continue to receive instruction about hand hygiene protocols as part of their initial training and managers continue to be oriented to the Corrective Discipline Policy at the Regina General Hospital, Pasqua Hospital and Wascana Rehab Centre.

Physicians will be advised of changes via the physician newsletter and Area Leads' Council. In collaboration with practitioner staff affairs, physicians will be orientated to the new processes as the work continues with each new unit.

Improving compliance with Regina area hand hygiene protocol is a Saskatchewan Health Authority priority. The Regina area aims to have 100 per cent hand hygiene and appropriate glove use compliance in 80 per cent of its clinical areas by March 31, 2019. This initiative supports a culture of patient and staff safety and accountability.

Submitted by: Dr. David McCutcheon, Terri Carlson, Michele Vogt