Taylor Hospital Practices the Importance of Clean Hands
RIDLEY PARK, Pa. – Student volunteers at Taylor Hospital are spreading the word about the importance of clean hands and healthy hygiene in a unique way. Sean Williams, dressed up as a bar of soap and Tulsi Patel held on to her bubble gun while flooding the halls with useful information about clean hands.
After thorough research, Sean and Tulsi toured the hospital departments with a demo on effective hand hygiene. They also distributed handouts on proper hand-hygiene techniques by following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, a poster was displayed outside the cafeteria entrance and their live demo on healthy hand hygiene was well-received by patients and visitors alike.
“The reason I decided to dress up as a bar of soap was that I wanted to do something memorable. There are hand-hygiene posters hung up all over the hospital, but they are often so generic that you stop noticing them. Something more bizarre like a guy dressed up as a bar of soap is more likely to hang around in the forefront of your mind and maybe make you remember to wash your hands.
“I don't know if it made a difference, but I would certainly be interested in seeing the hand-washing statistics for the months after the presentation,” continues Williams. “Some people found the costume very entertaining, and most of them were hospital employees, so I am perfectly satisfied with the outcome since they were the target audience anyway.”
“When Sean and I were going around the hospital, we informed people that 90 percent of hospital acquired infections can be prevented simply by hand-washing. We advised health care workers to wash their hands not only for the patient's safety but for their loved ones’ as well. In the poster that Sean and I had created, we placed an image of a gruesome MRSA infection. Also, we disclosed statistics showing how many people had died unnecessarily due to a lack of proper hand hygiene.
“While promoting proper hand hygiene, Sean's costume and my bubble gun helped us grab the attention of many busy physicians and nurses,” Patel continues. “People admired our efforts and from a first glance became a bit more interested in what we had to present.”
Since 1997, Taylor Hospital has been a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Each year, the 156-bed not-for-profit hospital admits more than 7,000 patients and receives more than 18,000
Emergency Department visits. For more information about Taylor or Crozer-Keystone, visit www.crozerkeystone.org.