Handwashing Awareness Day Makes a Splash
Almost everywhere you went in the hospital on February 29, Handwashing
Awareness Day, you could find reminders about the importance of thorough
handwashing in preventing disease.
Members of the Handwashing Awareness Committee distributed 50 packages filled
with soap samples and handwashing instructions to staff on the inpatient
"Tents" appeared on each table in the Atrium cafeteria. They detailed
Handwashing Day activities and the forthcoming Thursday, March 14th, Handwashing
Olympics in the west Atrium cafeteria from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Also emphasized were the event's theme ­p; that handwashing is the singlemost
important means of preventing the spread of infection ­p; and a reminder
to visit the Rainbow Booth later that day.
There, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you found staff answering people's questions
about handwashing and giving out soap samples; buttons; stickers and handwashing
information geared to both hospital visitors and the professional staff.
Instructional videos were running continuously.
Overall, 1,500 soap samples were distributed, and the staff reported that
the activities were motivating.
We're Bubbling Over With Thanks!
The Handwashing Awareness Committee salutes Mary Ann McGinley, RN, MSN,
associate executive director for patient services, and Sheila A. Murphey,
MD, hospital infection control officer, for encouraging and supporting the
activities of the Handwashing Awareness Campaign.
For a job well done, we're grateful to these Jeffersonians who served as
judges, along with the members of the Handwashing Awareness Campaign Committee
(see JeffNEWS, March 1): Donna Ambrogi, RN, MSN, assistant nursing director;
Murray J. Cohen, MD, clinical associate professor of surgery; Eleanor Gates,
RN, MSN, assistant nursing director; Carol Kelly, RN, MSN, nursing research
and evaluation coordinator; Geno J. Merli, MD, clinical professor of medicine;
Sharon Millinghausen, RN, MSN, assistant nursing director; Thomas Nasca,
MD, clinical associate professor of medicine, and Frank Naso, MD, professor
of rehabilitation medicine.
Our gratitude goes to David Nash, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine
and director of health policy and clinical outcomes, JMC, for acting as
master of ceremonies.
We offer a special award for creativity to the members of the carpentry
and plumbing shops, under the direction of Dan Vallieu, for creating a portable
sink without which the Olympics couldn't have been held in the Atrium. This
sink was made entirely of recycled materials.