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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 0 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 I D E A S T H A T W O R K W e've introduced an element of fun into our hand- washing surveillance initia- tives, and we've seen some significant improvement as a result. Every month, one anonymous staff member is assigned to be the hand-wash- ing sheriff. The sheriff's job is to keep one eye wide open for hand-hygiene opportunities and practices, and to write down whether people are doing all the things they're supposed to be doing. Anyone seen cutting corners is given a ticket (hand-washing instructions) and a reminder. Before we started, our compliance needed a boost, especially with surgeons, who often failed to wash their hands after removing their gloves. But no one — not even surgeons — can escape the long arm (and clean hands) of the law. Thanks to our sheriffs, we've cleaned up our act. Christine Riedel, RN, BS, CASC Park Ten Surgical Center Houston, Texas christine.riedel@fdnh.com H A N D W A S H I N G S H E R I F F The Ticket to Better Hand Hygiene Blanca Elder, RN z CAUGHT DIRTY-HANDED Surgeons and staff members both need to come clean if they're caught.

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