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Archive Infection Control 2013

A Hands-On Approach To Improved Infection Control

If you're aiming to minimize SSIs, hand hygiene is an ideal starting point.

Christy Schofield, RN, BSN

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Thomas Harris, BSN

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hand hygiene SINK TIME Christy Schofield, RN, BSN (foreground), and surgical tech Jennifer Endicott perform a traditional scrub.

Hand hygiene is so basic it may be easily taken for granted, but it's not to be overlooked. When we saw an opportunity for improving our staff's hand hygiene behaviors, we took action. Since implementing the changes described here last December, we've seen no surgical site infections. That's a big deal, considering we were seeing monthly incidents throughout last year. Let's explore some of the ways to reinforce the importance of caring for the hands that care for patients.

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