Archive May 2019 XX, No. 5

Ideas That Work: Hand Gel Water Guns

Presidio Surgery Center
SAN FRANCISCO TREAT Presidio Surgery Center PACU Manager Carolyn Carroll, RN, squirts a water gun filled with hand gel at a colleague.

Monitoring hand hygiene compliance need not be a bore of a chore. No, you can make it fun. I gave our managers “Presidio Police” badges and water guns filled with alcohol gel so they can “shoot” (more like “squirt”) staff members who fail to practice proper hand hygiene. Managers shout, “Caught red-handed” or “Hand hygiene police” before pulling the trigger.

Jessie Scott, MBA
Presidio Surgery Center
San Francisco, Calif.

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