Today’s #MondayMotivation inspires awareness.
Jayne Angus is Guelph General Hospital’s Hand Hygiene Auditor and her primary role is to help the Hospital’s healthcare staff be more self-aware of their handwashing habits.
As part of the Hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control team, Jayne performs weekly handwashing audits. She observes healthcare staff while they work and looks for the “four moments of handwashing.” The findings of the audit are then used to help educate staff and reinforce the four moments.
Jayne has also helped lead the Hospital’s hand hygiene campaign. This initiative sees Hospital staff wear buttons that prompt patients, their visitors and other Hospital staff to ask them if they’ve cleaned their hands.
Simply put, “handwashing saves lives” says Jayne. “It is one of the simplest and most important infection control measures we have.”
Yesterday, October 15th, was Global Handwashing Day, a worldwide advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing to prevent diseases and save lives.
We’d also like to bring awareness to GGH’s dedicated Infection Prevention and Control team, and the success they’ve had in increasing our Hospital’s compliance to the four moments of handwashing.