The Ticket to Better Hand Hygiene
We've introduced an element of fun into our handwashing surveillance initiatives, and we've seen some significant improvement as a result. Every month, one anonymous staff member is assigned to be the hand-washing sheriff. The sheriff's job is to keep one eye wide open for hand-hygiene opportunities and practices, and to write down whether people are doing all the things they're supposed to be doing. Anyone seen cutting corners is given a ticket (hand-washing instructions) and a reminder.
Before we started, our compliance needed a boost, especially with surgeons, who often failed to wash their hands after removing their gloves. But no one not even surgeons can escape the long arm (and clean hands) of the law. Thanks to our sheriffs, we've cleaned up our act.