Safety Matters: Improving Hand Hygiene Practice

A key component of delivering high-quality, safe care is ensuring we practice appropriate hand hygiene techniques with every patient. Our current hand hygiene rates hover around 65 percent. We owe to it our patients and families to do better. 

A team from the Brigham Digital Innovation Hub; Analysis, Planning and Process Improvement (APPI); Quality and Safety; and Infection Control are working to streamline the way hand hygiene data is collected and disseminated. Leaders will be able to use insights from these findings to guide conversations with individual members of their team. This will be an opportunity for supervisors to recognize staff who excel in this practice and to provide constructive feedback to individuals with room for improvement.