Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

Hand Hygiene
22A Hand Hygiene

The Hand Hygiene APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce healthcare-associated infection (HAIs) morbidity and mortality. Actionable steps to improve HAI rates and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow to ensure consistent hand hygiene practices
  • Knowledge base on hand hygiene
  • How to educate patients and family members about recognizing  improper hand hygiene, practicing proper hand hygiene, and the importance of hand hygiene
  • Hand hygiene resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website here.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve hand hygiene and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive summary

The Problem Hand hygiene compliance in most hospitals is less than 50%, which significantly contributes to the annual healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates of 7.1% in Europe and 4.5% in the United States. This translates to 37,000 deaths in European countries (Hand Hygiene, 2020) and nearly 99,000 deaths in the US each

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