Hand Hygiene at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

In the United States, an estimated 5 percent of patients develop an infection while hospitalized. That is nearly 2 million people infected each year. Although hand washing has long been regarded as the most effective preventative measure, estimates of hand hygiene compliance in the healthcare industry range from 40 to 70 percent. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is different, though. In fact, our audits reveal a sustained compliance rate of over 90 percent with many units exhibiting 100 percent compliance. What’s our secret? Listen in as we talk with Dr. Dennis Cunningham, Medical Director for Epidemiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, about how Nationwide Children’s Hospital is leading the industry in hand washing compliance.

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