Clinical Care

Our hand hygiene numbers are improving

Although we have a way to go to sustain 90% adherence, we’ve made gains over the past year.


We are starting to make movement on our hand hygiene compliance. Kudos to ATRMC and AACH for maintaining gains of greater than 90% adherence — Asante’s goal. ARRMC has some opportunities but regularly exceeds 80%.

hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is core to our quality and patient safety programs. It is the most basic intervention that can prevent harm coming to our patients. As a reminder we are currently focused on observing hand hygiene going in and out of patient care rooms.

5 moments of hand hygieneThere are also five other opportunities for hand hygiene:

  1. Before touching a patient.
  2. Before clean/aseptic procedures.
  3. After body fluid exposure risk.
  4. After touching a patient.
  5. After touching patient surroundings.

Remember when you are bundling your care to stop and think about times to wash your hands and don new gloves. Even normal bacteria in our environment can be harmful to immunocompromised patients.

Asante’s current goal requires at least 90% adherence for six months or longer. Our patients deserve safe, clean hands!

Tags: Hand hygiene, Holly Nickerson, STAT
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