Good Health - It's in Our Hands

Vol. 17, No. 3
Fall 2007

  • The Institute for Neurosciences: At the Vanguard of Specialized Care

  • Nine Winthrop Specialists Named to New York Magazine's �Best Doctors List

  • Good Health - It's in Our Hands

  • Tuskegee Airman Regains the Gift of Sight

  • Stroke Care at Winthrop

  • Under the Big Top

  • Golfing for the Kids

  • Pat Lyons Foundation Shows Unwavering Support for Generation of Survivors Program

  • Winthrop Opens LI's Only Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center

  • Migliozzi Family Donates Rocking Chair to NICU

  • Jay's World Foundation Shows Ongoing Support

  • Winthrop's Home Health Agency Tops National List Again

  • Clinical Trials: Bringing the Future of Medicine to Long Island

  • 2007 MineolaStreet Fair

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  • One of the most powerful weapons in fighting infection is also one of the simplest - clean hands. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), clean hands are the single most important factor in preventing the spread of germs within the healthcare setting.

    For decades, Winthrop-University Hospital has been committed to embracing practices that enhance patient safety. And recently, Winthrop underscored that commitment by launching a Clean Hands Campaign, aimed at increasing awareness among staff, patients and visitors about the importance of hand hygiene.

    �Winthrop takes the health of its patients seriously, " said Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO, Winthrop-University Hospital. �We support all initiatives that enhance patient safety, as they are vital to ensuring the quality care for which our Hospital is known.

    Officially launched in September, the Clean Hands Campaign involved a series of initiatives, including installing 500 additional hand hygiene stations with alcohol-based foam in patient rooms, hallways, nursing stations, testing areas and public waiting areas throughout the Hospital. In addition, foam dispensers were placed in outpatient areas, with plans for installation in Winthrop's physician practice offices.

    Daniel P. Walsh, President and CEO of Winthrop (left), is joined at the launch of the Clean Hands Campaign by (l.-r.) Suzanne Parker, Director of Quality Management; Kristin Vinson, MSN, ANP-C, Quality Management Specialist; and Charles M. Strain, Chairman of Winthrop's Board of Directors.

    �Studies show that alcohol-based hand rubs, including foams or gels, reduce the number of bacteria on the hands more effectively than washing hands with soap and water, " said Suzanne Parker, Winthrop's Director of Quality Management.

    This ongoing campaign also included educational programs for staff directly involved in patient care and posting signs in strategic positions throughout the Hospital to consistently reinforce the significance of clean hands - not only for staff but also for visitors.

    �The signs serve as reminders to Winthrop staff and visitors to stop, think and take action to practice good hand hygiene, " said James Flaherty,Vice President, Administration at Winthrop. �And every day, hand washing ambassadors carry the message of clean hands to our patients and staff in order to improve patient care.

    According to Ms. Parker, �The Winthrop community is partnering with staff members, patients, family and friends to prevent the spread of germs both in the Hospital and within the community.

    Preparation for the Clean Hands Campaign included valuable input from many people, including members of the Hospital's Board of Directors, senior administrators, physicians and nurses, and members of the Hospital's Quality Management, Patient Safety and Hand Hygiene Committees.

    �This campaign is a perfect example of how professionals with various skills on the Winthrop Team can join forces and use their expertise to address an important issue, come up with a solution and improve the quality of care for our patients, said Charles Strain, Chairman of Winthrop's Board of Directors.

    Through education, heightened awareness and participation, the Clean Hands Campaign is successfully bringing the message of good hand hygiene home to every individual who comes to Winthrop.

    �We are encouraging patients to ask us whether we've washed our hands, added Mr. Flaherty. �More importantly, we want family and friends who visit Winthrop to participate in a process that will protect them and their loved ones every day of the hospital stay.

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