Hospital’s hand-washing warriors earn honors from magazine

10:40 am | January 16, 2013

BUMMER.

If you hear that word around Sycamore Shoals Hospital, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

BUMMER is the name of the hospital’s hand-hygiene program, which gained an honorable mention Spirit of Excellence award from Modern Healthcare magazine.

BUMMER, which stands for “Bugs Under Medical Management to Eliminate Resistance,” was designed by the hospital’s Hand Hygiene Team to help remind hospital team members to wash their hands.

Chief Nursing Officer Melanie Stanton said that, before BUMMER, the compliance rate for hand hygiene was between 70 and 80 percent. With BUMMER in place, compliance is at 100 percent.

Stanton said the team had been brainstorming ideas for a program to get the staff’s attention when they came across “three ugly bugs” on the Internet. The germs were named BUMMER; Elviral, a virus; and Mercela, representing MRSA, an antibiotic resistant bacteria. The logo for BUMMER shows the three germs standing angrily on top of the world.

“Our program focused on raising awareness through education and instilling a culture for accountability for appropriate hand hygiene 100 percent of the time,” Stanton said.

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