An all-out effort on the part of staff and physicians at the pediatric unit of Royal University Hospital is spreading the word about effective hand hygiene. The team held a “blitz” to encourage hand hygiene by anyone who entered the unit on January 28. Members of the pediatric care team want to increase their hand hygiene compliance rates not only by physicians and staff but also by the large number of people who visit the unit.

Unit manager Tammy Lucas (right) times two staff members as they perform hand hygiene.

Unit manager Tammy Lucas (right) times two staff members as they perform hand hygiene.

 

"Scrub a Bug" giveaway baskets encouraged pediatric patients and young visitors to do their part to keep hands  clean.

“Scrub a Bug” giveaway baskets encouraged pediatric patients and young visitors to do their part to keep hands clean.

 

A display of hand hygiene posters and petri dishes displaying bacteria grown from common items on the unit greeted everyone at the pediatric unit.

A display of hand hygiene posters and petri dishes displaying bacteria grown from common items on the unit greeted everyone at the pediatric unit.

The team urges everyone to "wash in" and "wash out" as they enter and leave the unit.

The team urges everyone to “wash in” and “wash out” as they enter and leave the unit.

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