Clean Hands Save Lives

The Vanderbilt Hand Hygiene Program:

Interested in reading about our program and it's impact?

Click HERE for our manuscript published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

** Awarded Barry Farr Award as the Top Paper Published in the Journal in 2013 **

Also click here for the program write up by Yahoo News

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Vanderbilt Adult Emergency Department -- Promoting Hand Hygiene!!!

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CHECK OUT THE GREAT NEW VIDEO FOR 8TH FLOOR VUH!!!!

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NEW:

Hand Hygiene Observer Recognition and Update (November 2012)

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EVERY Patient. EVERY Time. EVERYONE.

Patient Safety is in Your Hands!

Everyone working with patients at Vanderbilt will set a good example for their peers by practicing the following:

Always clean your hands with alcohol gel/foam or with soap and water:

  • Before entering and after leaving a patients room.
  • Before and after any patient procedure.
  • Before and after touching a patient or their surroundings (such as the bedside table, ventilator, door to the room).
  • Before and after using gloves.

Use soap and water:

  • When hands are visibly dirty.
  • When working with a patient with Clostridium difficile (C. diff)

Be the patients advocate by professionally reminding others to wash their hands.

  • Provide a friendly reminder to a team member who has forgotten to clean their hands.
  • Hold everyone that reports to you accountable for hand washing.

Encourage all visitors to wash their hands before entering and after leaving a patients room.