This month, Kaleida Health is launching the “High Five” Hand Hygiene Program to foster a culture of accountability and safety.
Proper hand hygiene is key to preventing the spread of infection in all healthcare settings. The goal of the High Five program is to ensure the best possible healthcare outcomes for our patients.
As part of the program, if a staff member observes another staff member not performing hand hygiene or about to miss an opportunity to perform hand hygiene, he/she can wave their hand or say “high five” to remind their colleague to perform hand hygiene.
All healthcare personnel (HCPs) are included in this initiative (nurses, physicians, advanced practice providers, environmental services, residents, students, dietary, etc.), and this initiative is fully supported by administration.
Kaleida Health’s expectation is that all healthcare personnel begin every patient encounter by performing hand hygiene. In addition, our policy follows the World Health Organization’s 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene:
- Before touching a patient
- Before clean/aseptic procedure
- After bodily fluid exposure risk
- After touching a patient
- After touching patient surroundings
If everyone remembers to “foam in/foam out” of patient care, we can help prevent healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) without even an extra thought.
Contact your site’s infection prevention team for additional information.