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INNOVATION / FEATURE

and videos essentially
disappear a few seconds
after they've been viewed.
"Snapchat is visual
storytelling, and it's what
our patients are using,"
says Andrea Kunicky,
media relations manager
at Children's Hospital of
Pittsburgh of UPMC. "It's
a way to promote a brand
and increase engagement
with the target
audience-patients and
families." Snapchat has
nearly 200 million active
users sharing 3 billion
interactions per day and
is the most popular social
media app among teens
and millennials.

Getting results
Children's Hospital of
Pittsburgh at UPMC
had more than 114,000
Snapchat views in 2017.
A team uses it to share
behind-the-scenes
looks at the
hospital
and access
to special
events.

HANDWASHING COMPLIANCE

TAKE A CUE FROM THE MILITARY
TO FIGHT INFECTION,
Nationwide Children's Hospital
in Columbus, Ohio, went the
military route. When the hospital
experienced an uptick in hospitalacquired infections in 2009, it
cracked down on hand hygiene.
Despite high self-reported
rates of proper handwashing,
undercover monitors showed
actual rates closer to 60
percent. "We wanted to make a
statement," says Terry Davis, M.D.,
assistant to the chief medical
officer at Nationwide Children's.
"The idea of the stand-down
came up." A practice borrowed
from the military, the hospital's
stand-down began with a safety
summit. All staff members
attended a mandatory meeting on
handwashing safety, and leaders
were tasked with making plans for

CLABSI MILESTONE

2,000 days without a CLABSI
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of
Minnesota's PICU went two years
without a CLABSI. A hospital-wide
campaign with a focus on patient
safety was key, as well as new
protocols for bathing and dressing
changes. The PICU performed daily

analysis of central-line patients,
removing lines that were no longer
absolutely necessary. This work
led the hospital to achieve 2,570
central line days without a CLABSI.
Learn more: childrenshospitals
.org/CLABSI

their departments. A week later,
the stand-down took place. All
non-essential hospital activity
ceased for 15 minutes, and
department heads laid out plans
to get their teams to 90 percent
compliance within two weeks. If
a department failed to meet that
threshold, or if an individual was
not complying, he or she would
meet with the chief medical
officer or chief nursing officer to
explain why. Davis attributes the
sustained hand hygiene rates to
a culture change prompted by
the stand-down. For an effort
like this to be successful at your
hospital, share a story of patient
harm to demonstrate the need
for change-Davis calls this a
burning platform. Sell staff on why
it is necessary, and secure buy-in
from senior management.

Getting results
Within a few months
of the stand-down:

 Handwashing rates
exceeded 90 percent
and have remained
at that level
 Hospital-acquired
infections decreased

Learn more:
nationwidechildrens.org/
hand-hygiene-compliancecleaning-hands

FALL PREVENTION

Reducing falls by 41 percent
The Humpty Dumpty Fall
Prevention Program developed
at Nicklaus Children's Hospital
in Miami is now the standard and
available for use in your facility.
Nicklaus Children's experienced a
sustained decline in fall rates from

1.03 per 1,000 patient days in 2009
to 0.42 per 1,000 patient days in
2015, a decline of 41 percent. The
program is currently used by more
than 1,300 hospitals worldwide.
Learn more: childrenshospitals
.org/falls

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