Health System Shares Hand-washing Tools to Reduce MRSA

Monday, September 22nd, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Novant Health has been hard at work for three years to reduce MRSA infection rates and clean up handwashing compliance issues among its hospital workers. And now that it’s getting results (see related story), it’s sharing the details and educational tools with others — for free — on the Internet. From a dedicated Web site, you can download many of their marketing materials for your organization’s use. There’s a computer screensaver and wallpaper, billboards, posters — even cafeteria tray liners.

Novant’s success in changing its hospital culture is admirable; healthcare-associated infections claim 99,000 lives each year, by the most recent CDC estimates. But so is its decision to share its campaign tools. That’s a great example, and a culture change that saves lives.

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