Safety and quality - Safe care
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Why we measure it - Washing hands is the best way to stop the spread of germs. It is so important that we measure how often doctors, nurses and other staff do it. They should wash their hands when entering and after leaving every patient room.
What this means - The chart shows that proper handwashing has remained consistent. Our staff is slightly better at cleaning their hands after leaving a patient room than when entering one.
About the data - This is the percent of time our staff wash their hands when entering and leaving a patient room. We assign staff to watch other staff to collect this data.
What we're doing to provide the best care:
- We teach our staff how important it is to wash their hands correctly before entering and after leaving every patient room.
- We share the data we collect with our staff. This helps remind them about the importance of washing their hands.
- We encourage families and other visitors to wash their hands, too. To learn the correct way to wash your hands, read these tips.
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