How Vanderbilt University Medical Center Established a Hand Hygiene Program - On-Demand

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Presented on:
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Presented by:
Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH

Level of Program:

Hand hygiene is the top way to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections. It has also become a major focus of Joint Commission and CMS surveyors, so hospitals need to ensure their healthcare workers are complying with hand washing guidelines.

During this 90-minute webinar, Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH, will explain how he led a successful effort to establish a hand hygiene compliance program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Talbot will help attendees overcome barriers to hand hygiene compliance, set up a compliance program in their facility, and create a culture of safety that encourages increased accountability.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the importance of improving hand hygiene compliance in acute care settings
  • Discuss the challenges in improving hand hygiene compliance and some potential interventions to address these barriers
  • Understand the importance of an accountability process in improving hand hygiene compliance and driving a culture of safety

Who Should Listen? 

  • Infection preventionists
  • Quality improvement personnel
  • Operational quality leaders
  • Safety directors
  • Patient safety professionals
  • Risk managers


  • Barriers to improving hand hygiene compliance
    • Leadership
    • Logistics
    • Stakeholder buy-in
    • Measurement process
  • How Vanderbilt University Medical Center improved its hand hygiene compliance
    • Monitoring progress
  • Accountability
    • How to address low performers
    • Creating an accountability process
  • Secondary benefits
    • Creating a culture of safety
    • Confronting those who are noncompliant
  • Live Q&A

Meet the Speaker

Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH

Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH, is a professor of medicine and health policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and serves as the chief hospital epidemiologist for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Talbot is a recognized expert in the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection control. He has served as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and on the board of directors for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Dr. Talbot has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, with original research studies focusing on healthcare personnel vaccination, HAI surveillance, and improving hand hygiene as a tool to drive a culture of safety.

Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version is now available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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