We monitor hand washing in our facility because we know that the best way to prevent the spread of disease is through hand washing. Our process for monitoring hand washing at GVMH is through “secret observers”. We identify staff on a quarterly basis to pay attention to who is, and more importantly isn’t, washing their hands upon entering and exiting a patient room. If staff are identified as not washing then they are counseled on the need to wash. Our compliance is great and well above the national average for health care institutions and WAY above the general public.
A recent study out of Michigan State University found that only 66.9% of study subjects washed their hands with soap after using the restroom. The researchers, who observed hand washing behavior of 3,749 people in public bathrooms, found that women were more likely than men to was their hands, and that people were more likely to use soap if the sinks were clean or if a sign was posted.
Only 5.3% scrubbed for 15 seconds or more, falling short of the time recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
Wash your hands, someone may be watching both at GVMH and in public!