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Mount Carmel Named Best for "Hands on Care"

January 01, 2011

Providence Mount Carmel Hospital earned the 2011 “Best Hands on Care” Award for its efforts to decrease the spread of infection through proper hand hygiene. The award was presented during the 78th Annual Meeting of the Washington State Hospital Association.

Hospitals receive the award (created in 2007) for their exemplary rates of hand hygiene, using an evidence-based system of measuring soap and sanitizer usage and comparing usage rates to the number of patients in the hospital.

Hand washing is critical to the prevention of hospital-acquired infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The simple act of proper hand washing or hand sanitizing can reduce the spread of infection by 25 percent. The hand hygiene campaign is just one component of a collaborative effort among Washington hospitals to reduce preventable hospital acquired infections.

The Washington State Hospital Association’s Hand Hygiene Program began in 2005. It was the first statewide effort in the nation to bring hospitals together to collaboratively share strategies for improving hand hygiene.

This is the third year Mount Carmel Hospital has earned the hand hygiene award.

To learn more, visit www.wsha.org.