Magazine article Health Facilities Management

OHA Earns Award for Gains in Hand-Hygiene Compliance

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

OHA Earns Award for Gains in Hand-Hygiene Compliance

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As part of an ongoing quality and safety improvement effort, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) recently was recognized for its effort to improve hand-hygiene compliance and subsequently reduce health care-associated infections.

A key part of the program involves specially trained student nurses who have made more than 410,000 hand-hygiene observations at more than 100 participating Ohio hospitals and nursing facilities since the initiative began in 2010 as a regional effort with 20 facilities.

As a result of the direct observation, hand-hygiene compliance by staff doubled in five years, contributing to a 48 percent decrease in health care-associated infections in 2014 compared with that of the prior year.

Data for these observations are entered through a mobile device application developed by the OHA for the initiative.

Data are quickly aggregated, allowing hospitals to compare their compliance with other participating facilities and providing same-day feedback for internal use. The mobile app has been updated to an online portal available to all hospital staff.

"Our hand-hygiene compliance rate is now 84 percent, compared with a 68 percent national compliance rate," says Mike Abrams, OHA president and CEO. …

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