Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
"Hand Washing with the Stars" Campaign
We’ve had another Elvis sighting at the Providence VA Medical Center!
In fact, Elvis is here right now—on Unit 4B (Ambulatory Diagnostic and Treatment Unit). He’s here for the “Hand Washing with the Stars” campaign. The Hand Washing with the Stars campaign was developed by the 4B Unit Based Council to promote hand-hygiene compliance. The goal is to improve not only hand-hygiene awareness but also to encourage patients to ask their healthcare providers if they have washed their hands.
For the entire month of August, Unit 4B will be decorated with celebrities as well as education. A talking Elvis cut-out (he really does talk) at the nurses’ station is the highlight of the celebrity campaign. Why Elvis? “We wanted a celebrity that most Veterans could identify with,” says Amy Figueira, RN.” “Plus, Elvis goes well with a “dancing with the stars-type campaign.”
Signs promoting hand-hygiene have been placed in all the bathrooms and in front of all the sinks on the unit, and Veterans scheduled to come to 4B for a procedure have been mailed the Joint Commission educational brochure on hand-hygiene. Further, each staff member is proudly wearing a pin stating “Ask me if I’ve washed my hands?” The Purell Company has even provided staff members with Purell dispensers to wear on their badges, and they have also provided free hand sanitizer samples for the patients coming to unit 4B.
At the end of the month, staff on unit 4B will again monitor hand hygiene compliance, collecting data to determine the success of our Hand Washing with the Stars Campaign.