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Day set to promote hand hygiene efforts

Oct. 11, 2012, 9:58 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s hand hygiene committee will host its annual Hand Hygiene Awareness Day with hand hygiene tables set up outside the Flulapalooza tent on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18.

Free trial-size bottles of hand gel will be given away. A leadership rounding day will be held prior to that, on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The efforts are in conjunction with International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 15-19.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that hand washing is the single most important intervention to reduce the spread of infection,” said Claudette Fergus, MSN, R.N., a quality consultant in the Center for Quality and Patient Safety. “Clean hands save lives.”

Tom Talbot, M.D., MPH, chief hospital epidemiologist, is physician champion for the event; Nancye Feistritzer, MSN, R.N., associate director of Vanderbilt University Hospital, is executive sponsor.

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