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Northwest Washington Region adopts standardized hand hygiene methods to prevent the spread of infection

Published June 8, 2015

Did you know that the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infection is through proper hand hygiene? The Center for Disease Control says that researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a millions deaths a year could be prevented. Caring for patients and keeping them safe is one of our highest priorities which is why we are adopting standardized hand washing and hand sanitizing methods throughout the Northwest Washington Region.

Hand Hygiene Master Trainers have already started training Providence leaders proper hand hygiene methods which were adopted from the World Health Organization. The roll out of this standardized way of hand hygiene is a train-the-trainer approach, which means your core leader (if they haven’t already) will be teaching you the proper methods in a one-on-one or small group setting. Our goal is to have every Providence caregiver (all employees) trained by the end of July. Click here to see the hand hygiene steps or click on the blue Hand Hygiene button on the right hand side on the Intranet Homepage for more information.

We have already heard from many caregivers about how excited they are about this change and how much it will benefit our patients. Standardized hand washing and hand sanitizing methods is one small thing we can do to keep our patients protected from the spread of infection. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our patients, and each other, healthy.