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Hand hygiene is our top priority and the number one intervention to prevent healthcare-associated infections and transmission of organisms and diseases. At the Johns Hopkins Hospital, we perform surveillance for hand hygiene compliance using a “secret shopper” methodology. Unknown observers monitor hand hygiene practices on all of our units using standardized definitions and data collection procedures. There is also a direct feedback program with known monitors who address, educate, and take the name of staff at the moment that they are observed not appropriately performing hand hygiene. We monitor hand hygiene compliance upon each entry to and exit from a patient care room or area. Click here to view the JHH Hand Hygiene policy.
Tools and Resources
- Unit/Service Leader Checklist to Improve Hand Hygiene
- Hand Hygiene Fact Sheet
- JHH Hand Hygiene Compliance Data Collection Form
- JHH Hand Hygiene Detailed Activities Monitoring Tool
- HICPAC Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings, Published 2002
- Hand Hygiene Unit Activity Ideas
Posters and Signs