WASH ‘EM PROUD 2012 recap: HAI reduction goal met

The WASH ‘EM PROUD initiative continues to be a top priority in 2013. Here are some highlights from 2012:

• We met our goal to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) by 10% from 2011. While our ultimate goal is zero HAIs, we had the best year on record.
• Children’s staff hand washing compliance rate was 39% in 2011 and 52% in 2012. We still have much work to do, but we are making progress.
• 3M Avagard D hand hygiene product implementation has begun. 3M Avagard D is replacing the Ecolab Quick Care foam. It is shown to be gentler on hands, making them less dry. Watch for the new product to arrive in your unit soon.
• Children’s released the WASH ‘EM PROUD song and video. Children’s staff, Youth Advisory Council Members, patients, and volunteers dance and sing in the video to spread the word about hand hygiene.
Watch the WASH ‘EM PROUD video

In 2013, we will continue to track hand hygiene rates to gather unit-specific data, continue to develop effective communication strategies for sharing important hand hygiene messages, and place a continued emphasis on the culture of safety.

Thank you for your commitment to the WASH ‘EM PROUD initiative.

Children's ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery clinic

Pediatric ENT Associates became part of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the clinic name changed to: Children’s ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery effective October 1. James Sidman, MD, Robert Tibesar, MD, Timothy Lander, MD, and the staff of Pediatric ENT Associates are now employees of Children’s. With the change, Children’s Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic will move on November 5 and become integrated within the ENT and facial plastic surgery clinic on the Children’s Minneapolis campus.


Change to PACS system treatment of outside imaging studies

An ever-increasing number of imaging studies are performed at outside institutions and later imported into the Children's PACS system. Until now, Children’s has attached a report to these exams in the PACS system stating that the exam was performed at an outside institution, and that one should contact the outside institution for the report. As of October, however, Children’s will begin scanning radiology reports from the outside institution so that the report can be viewed as an image in the PACS system when viewing the exam. Many of these exams arrive with printed or electronic versions of the report. 


24/7, in-house coverage for all patients St Paul Children’s Clinic patients

The St. Paul Children’s Clinic and Children’s Hospital Medicine team are now working together to provide 24-hour, in-house coverage for all patients admitted to the St Paul Children’s Clinic service.The St. Paul campus coverage was expanded to enhance safety, meet growing patient needs and to support Children’s trainees, as part of an effort to build toward a 24/7/365 hospitalist service. 


Children’s Home Care Synagis Program offers expertise, consistency

RSV is the No. 1 cause of hospitalization in babies under one year of age in the U.S. Children's Home Care Synagis Program offers a coordinated process for the administration of Synagis, the only FDA-approved medication to help protect preemies and other high-risk infants from RSV.