Treating any infection can be a challenge, but the best prevention measure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is proper hand washing, which is key to eliminating health care acquired infections.
The OAHHS Hand Hygiene Project began in 2007 with nine hospitals in a pilot program. Over the past three years, hospitals have come in and out of the project as needed while they set up their own hand hygiene teams. Today, fifteen hospitals are currently participating in the OAHHS hand hygiene program.
The scope of the project is very straightforward: it involves both patients and caregivers as collaborative partners in preventing health care acquired infections (HAI). Caregivers assist their peers in increasing hand hygiene compliance, and patients are encouraged to ask their care providers if they have washed their hands.
For additional hand hygiene resources, follow this link: http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene.
Oregon hospitals that are currently participating in the Hand Hygiene Project include: