Baptist Union County Wins Hand Hygiene Contest With “Everybody Wash Your Hands!”

Infection Prevention’s new systemwide hand hygiene initiative, Baptist Touchpoint, featured a competition for a phrase or slogan to cue staff and providers to remember hand hygiene opportunities. Baptist Union County created the winning slogan, “Everybody wash your hands!”, which will be featured on internal communications throughout the system. Infection Prevention held a celebration for the Baptist Union County team on Wednesday, March 22. Watch the videos from all three winning teams on MyBaptist.

“Hand hygiene is the single most important thing we can do to ensure patient safety, and together we can make a difference,” said Baptist Union County Infection Prevention and Employee Health Manager Crystal McBrayer.

All contest entries focused on new initiatives and efforts to improve compliance with hand hygiene. Each entity submitted a poster or presentation with an original hand hygiene slogan and an explanation of how the entity’s hand hygiene program will be implemented and how it will promote a culture of safety. Submissions also included videos or songs. Baptist leaders in quality and safety judged the entries and attended the celebration at Baptist Union County.

First Place: “Everybody wash your hands!” from Baptist Union County

Baptist Union County created a flash-mob style music video. Team members, including frontline staff, support staff and physicians, worked together on the project. Their collaborative efforts were inspired by the dance song, “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper. CEO/administrator James Grantham played the “DJ Jazzy James” character, and Anthony Clark, who works at Morrison Healthcare, was MC.

Second Place: “When a germ comes along, you must stop it.” from Baptist Women’s Hospital and Baptist Children’s Hospital

Baptist Women’s Hospital and Baptist Children’s Hospital were inspired by the song “Whip It” by Devo. Infection Preventionist Teresa Bentley revised the lyrics to suit the team’s slogan: “When a germ comes along, you must stop it.” The song begins: “Hand Hy-giene (soap, water, gel). Germs on the run (cleaning can be fun). When a germ comes along (you must stop it).” Departments from both hospitals participated, including Labor and Delivery, Newborn ICU, Pediatric Outpatient Unit, Pediatric ICU, Pediatric Emergency Room, Respiratory Therapy, Nursery, Women’s Health Center, Facilities, Radiology, Administration, GYN/Med Surgery and the Operating Room.

Third Place: “TGIF – The Great Infection Fight, Knockout Germs!” from Baptist North Mississippi 

Chaplain Tim Freeny at Baptist North Mississippi came up with the theme for the hospital’s entry and acted in the video, which he also created and edited. The focus verse was “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

ICU nurses Emma Gaines and Richard Gilbert also acted in the boxing-themed video. Infection Preventionist Krystal Whitten created the promotional poster and facility plan, incorporating boxing as a theme. Infection Prevention Manager Sheranne McGraw provided the props and boxing gloves, which were a “hit.”