PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
Measure: Comply with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hand hygiene guidelines.

Time Period Ending:  3/31/2013

What We Are Doing:

Now, more than ever, good hand washing is vital in preventing the spread of disease. We have very strict staff guidelines and are committed to preventing the spread of infection between patients.

We perform observation audits monthly to assure that staff wash or gel their hands before and after care of every patient. We have placed gel in every room and in other convenient locations on the clinical units and office suites. We have posters up to help you and our staff to remember and remind each other to wash or gel every time.

You can play a role by reminding us in the hospital or clinics to wash our hands before your exam; and by participating in our questionnaire about handwashing after your office visit. And you can remind your visitors to wash or gel their hands when they enter your room.

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