Proficiency in the clinical skill of effective hand washing is integral to high quality health care. Studies at our hospital revealed that in 2008, of 1215 direct, anonymous, observations of residents and attendings, only 53.3% washed their hands correctly during clinical activities. Medical students in fiscal year 2009 (July 1, 2008-June 30 2009) had a 52% compliance rate from 109 observations. This data prompted our hospital to work with the faculty of the University Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (UCSSC) to develop a module on the indications and technique of effective handwashing. This intervention, using multimedia simulation was introduced to our interns during their orientation program.
Berg, K.; Sultana, C.; Sorokin, R.; Kairys, J.; Vergare, M.; and Berg, D., "A Novel Curriculum using Simulation to Teach and Assess Indications and Technique of Handwashing to GME Learners" (2010). Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty Papers. Paper 5.