GOJO Symposium at APIC 2023: Elevating Hand Hygiene Towards High Reliability in Healthcare

June 9, 2023

GOJO will host a free interactive breakfast symposium at the APIC 2023 Annual Conference, titled "Working Towards High Reliability in Hand Hygiene: One Hospital's Journey Implementing an Automated Hand Hygiene Monitoring System House Wide." The Continuing Education-eligible session will take place on June 26, from 6-7:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando – with hot breakfast and coffee starting at 5:45 a.m.

The GOJO Symposium brings together renowned healthcare leaders and infection preventionists (IPs) to address the critical importance of hand hygiene and explore the successful implementation of Automated Hand Hygiene Monitoring Systems (AHHMS) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the hospital’s journey as staff elevated hand hygiene to a priority status, successfully engaged the C-suite and implemented AHHMS across all inpatient units.

Interest in AHHMS as a tool to quickly collect meaningful data and improve hand hygiene performance rates has increased, especially most recently in response to the Leapfrog hand hygiene standards. The newly released Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Hand Hygiene Compendium also stresses the importance of using multiple methods to measure hand hygiene adherence.

The symposium will feature engaging presentations by esteemed speakers who played pivotal roles in driving change and maintaining momentum:

  • Doreen Dutchak, MBA, RN, CIC, Associate Vice President & Safety Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
  • Denise Shepherd, MA, RA, Chief Nursing Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

By attending this symposium, healthcare professionals will be able to:

  1. Discuss critical considerations for making a substantial investment in hand hygiene from the perspective of the C-suite.
  2. Describe the process for preparing the organization for large-scale change and engaging management, front-line staff, and key stakeholders.
  3. Review common challenges and roadblocks on the AHHMS journey, strategies for overcoming them, and how to maintain momentum throughout the years-long journey.

This event provides an invaluable opportunity for networking and learning from industry experts and peers in infection prevention and control. For more information and to register for the GOJO Symposium, visit this registration site.

The presenters are also co-authors on a poster on this topic: “Hand Hygiene Performance Improvements Results in Adult Acute Care Units after 56 weeks of a Novel Intervention Program.” Stop by to view the poster any time during the show or speak with the authors at the poster during poster rounds on June 27 from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

GOJO has more information here.