Medical Center launches ‘hand hygiene’ initiative | THE DAILY HERALD

Participants in the hand hygiene project during the training.

CAY HILL–In an effort to continually improve its safety procedures, St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has embarked on a Hand Hygiene Quality project.

This initiative was facilitated by SMMC’s Quality and Safety Department in collaboration with its Hygiene and Infection Control (HIC) Department.

Under this initiative, representatives of each clinical department were appointed as “a hand hygiene champion.” These champions then received in-depth training by the HIC department with the objective to further facilitate trainings for all clinical and non-clinical staff throughout the hospital.

Hand hygiene is an important intervention to prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections. SMMC is currently implementing initiatives such as the Hand Hygiene Programme, with the aim of improving its safety procedures within the hospital and, in the long run, as part of its goal to reach accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI).

JCI accreditation is the international gold standard in best practices for quality and safety within care facilities. It provides the necessary tools, techniques and staff education to build and sustain a comprehensive and effective infection prevention and control programme, SMMC said in a press release on Tuesday.

Source: The Daily Herald