A Clean Start! Just Clean Your Hands for Long-Term Care The SWOICN hand hygiene coaches have started their outreach to support long- term care homes in the implementation of the Just Clean Your Hands program. There has already been great learning on all sides and our coaches wanted to share what they experienced during their first visit. Thanks to Parkview Manor who were our very first visit. They are doing some terrific things and we had the opportunity to observe their audit process which generated a good discussion afterwards. Firstly, Parkview is using both patients and health care workers (HCW) in their champion posters and they look great! They also have embraced ABHR in every patient room. For those times when the ABHR is far from the bedside (like in a ward room) HCW’s must carry a small ABHR with them. When the small ABHR is right there in their pocket, it protects both HCW’s and residents. Parkview has also used their ABHR suppliers effectively to implement training. Additionally, they have a HCW designated to audit regularly. Audit findings are shared with the staff members who have been observed during audits. Confidential records are kept in order to determine educational and environmental needs. The observer/champion was great at giving feedback and knew some of the “moments” staff needed to work on (like between patients in a ward room). We were able to offer some ideas: like putting tape on the floor as a cue until people started to “get in the habit”. The tape acts as a strong visual cue to the staff person that they are entering a new resident environment - another of the “4 moments.” Overall, Parkview, you are stars, and we thank you for sharing your experience and teaching us, too.
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