August 1, 2008
Collect them all: Poster series debuts with hand hygiene all-stars

A new poster series from the MGH STOP (Stop Transmission of Pathogens) Task Force spotlights some of the hospital's hand hygiene "all-stars." The baseball-themed posters have been distributed to inpatient units and feature MGH physicians Britain Nicholson, MD, chief medical officer; Ross Zafonte, DO, chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; and Daniel Gebremedhin, MD, a resident in the Department of Medicine, as MGHers committed to always practicing proper hand hygiene.

GebremedhinRecently, the MGH hand hygiene program has had much cause to celebrate – June saw the hospital's highest-ever monthly compliance rates of 96 percent before contact and 99 percent after contact, and its highest-ever hospitalwide quarterly rates of 89 percent before contact and 94 percent after contact during the second quarter. In addition, a record 19 inpatient units maintained a minimum of 90 percent compliance both before and after patient contact in the second quarter. While these results truly are a great success, all employees should remember that the hospital's ultimate goal is 100 percent hand hygiene compliance.

For more information about the MGH's hand hygiene program, contact Judy Tarselli at (617) 726-6330 or

2008 ALL STARS: Top, Gebremedhin, from left, Zafonte and Nicholson


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