452. Hand Hygiene Educational Strategy to Prevent Community and Healthcare-Acquired Infections in School, University and Hospital from Medellin, Colombia
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Innovations in Medical Education
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Room: Poster Hall
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  • Background: According to the annual campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO) "SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands", Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Medellin, Colombia decided to give priority to hand hygiene (HH) in their institutional policy. Thus, the UPB designed and implemented an education strategy for staff and users of the institution.

    Methods: The educational strategy was directed to elementary students, secondary students, university students, administrative staff of the UPB, and inpatients, outpatients, and patient companions at the Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana (CUB). A group of 25 individuals made up of students of the research seedbeds of the School of Medicine and Nursing, teachers, and professional administrative support of the UPB and external personnel designed seven activities: puppet show, drama skit, recreational activities, choreography, educational support documents (both printed and online), and HH training plans. The contents reported the importance of HH in daily life and in health services, hand washing steps according to WHO guidelines, and when HH should be performed. Coverage of the call for educator participation and the implementation of the strategy on May 5, 2015 was documented.

    Results: This activity involved 123 individuals, including 108 students (85 medical students - from third to eleventh semesters; and 23 nursing students - from first to seventh semesters),  9 professors (7 medical, 2 nursing) of the UPB, and 6 external support professionals. At CUB, 500 patients and 500 patient companions received direct training in HH; 318 students and administrators of the UPB received HH training and participated in recreational activities. Puppets, drama skits, and choreography activities were performed for 1,041 elementary and secondary students.

    Conclusion: An institutional policy that gives priority to education in hand hygiene for staff and users of the institution is the first step toward reducing the risk of community acquired infections and healthcare associated infections.

    Diana Cuesta, MD, PhD, Zulma Rueda, MD, PhD, Libia Rodriguez, Bact, MSc., Francy López, NP., Lucelly López, Stat., Natalia Castaño, MD., Mónica Uribe, MD, MSc. and Marta Vallejo, MD, MSc, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia


    D. Cuesta, None

    Z. Rueda, None

    L. Rodriguez, None

    F. López, None

    L. López, None

    N. Castaño, None

    M. Uribe, None

    M. Vallejo, None

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