Clinical Center News
Summer 2018

Use your power to save lives - CC promotes safe patient care

Hand hygiene is everyone's responsibility, staff, patients and visitors
Three women post with props regarding patient safety
During Patient Safety Week, March 11-17, NIH staff who work in the Clinical Center took "selfies for safety." From left to right, Dr. Ann Marie Matlock, service chief for neurosciences, behavioral health and pediatrics, Dr. Gwenyth Wallen, chief nursing officer, and Dr. Barbara Jordan, service chief for medical surgical specialties, participated in a 'safety star' photo booth. In addition, an 'error alley' was set up – a sample patient room full of errors to challenge visitors to properly identify.

While national Patient Safety Awareness Week was formally celebrated in March, staff are working to create a culture of patient safety all year-long at the NIH Clinical Center.

To support patient safety, the Hospital Epidemiology Service recently launched a hand hygiene campaign called 'All Hands on Deck'. The goal of the initiative is to engage and improve hand hygiene compliance amongst health care staff, patients and visitors. The initiative was adapted from a successful pilot program at the Hospital Epidemiology Service at the University of North Carolina Health Care in Chapel Hill, N.C. Frontline health care personnel were involved in conducting hand hygiene compliance measurements among themselves.

Hand hygiene has the power to save lives and stop the spread of infections. Given the prevalence and degree of immunosuppression of the patient population, achieving high hand hygiene compliance is a priority. Proper hand hygiene not only protects patients, but also protects staff.

A paper cutout of a hand shape with a stick on the end. Text on the paper says I [heart] clean hands

Upon admission, patients have received a hand fan that says 'I love clean hands' and have been encouraged to speak up, or hold it up, if they feel staff should do a better job at hand washing.

Staff play an important role too! Employees, just say "Top 10" to anyone who is not doing the proper hand hygiene in the clinic or on the unit. This code word may help with the social obstacles of reminding a peer or caregiver to hand-wash.

To request a hand hygiene hand fan, sticker or additional information, contact the Hospital Epidemiology Service at or 301- 496-2209. Staff, report a safety or quality concern: Staff, learn more about hand hygiene:

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Patient Photography Studio
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH sties in a chair to the left. Barbra Streisand holds a microphone and sits in a chair to the right – speaks to the audience
Dr. James Gilman stands with Alba C. Murphy as they smile and hold a certificate
A paper cutout of a hand shape with a stick on the end. Text on the paper says I [heart] clean hands
Patient with Degos disease addresses symposium attendees
CDC and NIH representatives stand in a special isolation patient room at the NIH Clinical Center
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NIH Clinical Center volunteer Chaoyang Wang
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NIH Clinical Center doctor receives award
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Leslie Wehrlen holds a plaque.
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Dr. Thomas Burklow
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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tours Clinical Center with CC CEO Dr. James K. Gilman
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Jim Gilman at Town Hall in Masur Auditorium
Dr. John I. Gallin cuts the ribbon with Heidi Grolig and Jerry Sachs.
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