Patient Safety Tool: Two Johns Hopkins Hand Hygiene Observation Tools

Johns Hopkins Medicine developed two tools intended to help healthcare organizations observe and document hand hygiene compliance.

The first hand hygiene observation tool includes four rules for conducting hand hygiene observations:

1.    Observe hand hygiene upon entry and exit from patient environments.
2.    A provider may use the hand rub dispenser just outside the room door, inside the room or the sink.
3.    Do not guess. Simply check "unsure."
4.    Do not exceed three observations per provider in one session.

The form allows observers to specify unit, the method of hand hygiene (if any at all) and space for additional comments.

The second hand hygiene observation tool allows for more details, such as room type, healthcare worker type, whether the patient is on isolation precaution and whether the healthcare worker conducted hand hygiene during specific activities (contact with patient's skin, etc).

Download the first or second observation form (PDF) for use in your facility.

Note: View our database providing 150 reports that link to free, downloadable and adaptable tools for use in surgery centers, hospitals and other organizations by clicking here.

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