I’d absolutely agree. I’ve seen tons of signs in hospitals about handwashing and proper hand hygiene. Some are serious, some are cute. If hanging signs worked, we wouldn’t have such low hand hygiene adherence. Different studies put the number at roughly 50%, as I’ve blogged about before. This isn’t in the context of before surgery, rather this is about hand hygiene between patient encounters.
As we discussed before (and also here), signs and admonishment don’t work. You need to ask “why?” Are people too busy to wash their hands? Are managers not observing the process to see if standard work is being followed? Are managers not holding people accountable? Are co-workers not holding each other accountable?
There are many many root causes for which we can develop countermeasures. I’d argue it IS wholly unfair to ask parents to nag the caregivers. Honestly, I’d be embarrassed to put up a sign like this… it’s an abdication of the hospital’s responsibility for safety patient care. That’s my opinion. What’s yours?
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