Hand Hygiene in ICU

Published On 01/10/2013

Keeping our hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to prevent infections that patients get while in the hospital. These hospital acquired infections can make a patient much sicker, prolong recovery, and increase the length of time patients are in the hospital as well as costs.

Quality Report Findings for April 2013 - March 2014
Hospital Quality Measures Methodist Healthcare University South North Germantown Benchmark
Hand Hygiene in ICU Areas

84.7%

82.2% 93.4% 83.9% 81.2% 92.0%

*Methodist Fayette Hospital does not have an intensive care unit (ICU).

What These Indicators Mean & Why This is Important to You

Correct hand hygiene includes washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers (preferred). Hand hygiene procedures should be performed before and after any and all direct patient contact – even when gloves are used. Direct patient contact includes: examination of patient, specimen collection, and all procedures. Hands should be cleaned before and after contact with the patient’s immediate environment or medical equipment. Hand hygiene practices should be performed before and after eating, sneezing, coughing, and using the restroom.

How We Measure

We have specially trained people to secretly watch our staff throughout the hospital to make sure they clean their hands when they should. We watch all types of healthcare workers; doctors, nurses, and respiratory care staff just to name a few. Each month, the specially trained staff observes a specific number of healthcare providers. We then divide the number of times hand hygiene was done correctly by the total number of opportunities. This gives us the compliance rate.

Working to Ensure the Best Patient Care

In an effort to provide the safest patient care and healthiest environment all Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare facilities have COME CLEAN. COME CLEAN is a city-wide, hand hygiene compliance initiative. COME CLEAN is a partnership between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Delta Medical Center, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The MED) and Saint Francis Healthcare.