July 29, 2005

Events set to highlight hand hygiene

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photo by Heather Bryant, Paris Post-Intelligencer

Failure to perform adequate hand hygiene is considered the leading cause of health care-associated infections and the spread of multi-resistant organisms.

Even one single instance of failure to use alcohol hand gel or to wash hands after patient care can lead directly to transmission of pathogens to other patients, causing significant morbidity and even mortality.

As a part of its continued commitment to patient safety, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is inviting all faculty and staff to learn more about hand hygiene at the Carnival of Clean Hands today.

Employees are encouraged to stop by one of two education tables for free prizes and information as well as a chance to register for a free iPod Shuffle (VUMC employees only).

Tables will be located on the bridge between the South Garage and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (from 6:30-9:30 a.m.) and in the VUH Courtyard next to McDonald's (from 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.).

All VUMC employees are also encouraged to join the Carnival of Clean Hands from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the VCH Theater.

Games, prizes, popcorn, clowns, face painting and a chance to register for the free iPod will be available.