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Videos Go 'Viral' in Fight Against HAIs

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 30, 2011

Think of Michael Jackson's infectious hit single "Beat It," from the 1982 album Thriller when you watch this video.

The healthcare team at Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA  produced the video in an effort to raise handwashing compliance, which is only about 40% nationally.

Since December, hospital scrub techs, nurses, physicians and surgeons, janitors, security guards, and even chief operating officers and administrators across the country – just like those from Paradise Valley – have sprung from their chairs and started dancing down the halls and through the O.R. in time to catchy beats.

They jump and sway to rap, rock and funk, while wearing pig noses (for an H1N1 swine flu theme), splotchy paint representing germs, or large costume gloves.

Healthcare workers are making amateur YouTube videos in response to a contest sponsored by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, which announced the winners this week at its annual conference in Baltimore.

Nearly 40 videos were submitted by about 30 hospitals.

I have to say these hospital teams look like they were having a blast.

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