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Fun video on proper hand hygiene wins infection control prize

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A film demonstrating the importance of hand hygiene through a variety of scenarios accompanied by sports style commentary has won an infection control prize in the US.

The humous video, Gundersen Petri Bowl, has won the annual “film festival” held by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Those behind the film, staff at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, were announced as the winner this week at APIC’s annual conference in Philadelphia.

Gundersen’s film is styled after a sports broadcast, using commentators to describe “an epic battle” between staff with poor infection control technique, known as the “infectors”, and those demonstrating correct hygiene practices, the “preventers”, in a number of patient care scenarios.

The commentators – Suds Stockton and Bubbles McGee – break down three separate scenes in which the infectors fail to carry out proper hand hygiene while the preventers enhance patient safety by using the correct techniques.

An expert panel of judges selected the winning video for its creativity, originality, general appeal, significance to the infection prevention community, and entertaining and educational message.

“The annual film festival creates an opportunity to use humour to drive home key points”

Karoline Sperling

Other film submissions explored a range of timely infection prevention topics, ranging from a musical take on vaccinations to an animated guide to sepsis.

Other entries saw a life-sized germ in a music video that showed the number of ways in which germs can spread throughout a hospital failing effective infection prevention practices.

Karoline Sperling, chair of the 2019 APIC conference, said: “The annual film festival creates an opportunity to use humour to drive home the key points of infection prevention.

“The creativity we see in these films speaks to the broader need to be more creative in our day-to-day implementation of infection prevention practices,” she said.

Gundersen Health is a not-for-profit health system including primary care, a teaching hospital, regional community clinics, affiliate hospitals and clinics, and air and ground ambulances.

Its flagship hospital, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, is located in La Crosse and is a teaching hospital with 325 beds and over 6,000 staff.

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