Hand hygiene compliance pilot project utilizing a point of care reminder system
Team: Irene Alexaitis, D.N.P., R.N., NEA-BC; Nicole Iovine, M.D., Ph.D.; Scott Brown, R.N., C.I.C.; Janet Gerner, R.N.; Mia Belleville, R.N., B.C.; Kelly Jacobitz, R.N., B.C.; Victoria Holley, R.N., B.C.; Tiffany N. Rouillier, R.N., CCRN; Jamie Dees, R.N., C.N.L.; Joshua Kramer, M.D.
The team evaluated four automated systems for capturing opportunities for increasing hand hygiene compliance and decreasing infections on pilot units. UF Health Shands Hospital 64 Medicine Unit and UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital 7 West Unit were chosen, as one consists of semiprivate rooms in the UF Health Shands Hospital and one consists of private rooms in the UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital. Both units had hand hygiene compliance greater than 95 percent for the five-month pilot from Biovigil data reports with a goal of decreasing Clostridium difficile infections by 5 percent by the end of the pilot. The team found the infection rates did not fall as expected related to low numbers of Clostridium difficile infections. However, hand hygiene compliance did increase.