Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha is being recognized with the team award for their implementation of the BIOVIGIL hand hygiene system. Consistent hand cleaning is essential to infection prevention in health care settings. The use of human auditors to monitor compliance with hand hygiene practice proved limiting and presented challenges in enforcing desired actions.
The team looked for a solution that would, among other requirements, not disrupt workflow, not require changes to the infrastructure, deliver positive reinforcement of correct hand hygiene practice, and impact at least one measure associated with health care-associated infections.
Since the program was implemented, the organization has noted a substantial decline in hospital-acquired infections.