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QEII using novel ways to educate staff

26 March 2020

QEII Hospital Emergency Department staff are rallying together, using new ways to engage and educate the team on clinical guidelines that improve safety for everyone.  

Education and simulation registrars working within the ED have joined forces to create entertaining videos on serious topics such as hand hygiene that can be easily shared with staff.  

“At QEII, we wanted to come up with a way to engage our staff on highly important but somewhat mundane parts of the job.  

“By creating entertaining videos using familiar faces from our team, we are able to disseminate important messages quickly online to ensure they are doing the best job they can,” said Emergency Department Deputy Director, Dr Alison Ryan.  

In the current climate, dealing with the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the team are finding these videos are the perfect way to interact with staff on messages that are constantly updating.  

“As we are now progressing from preparations into the treatment phase of patients who test positive for COVID-19, the videos have proven to be a great way to remind staff on appropriate use of PPE, correct donning and doffing procedures, and hand hygiene practices.  

“We know that over the coming months it will get busier, the teams will be tired and stressed so these light-hearted videos are a great way to engage our staff for ongoing effectiveness,” she said.  

Departments throughout the hospital are encouraged to embrace this leadership, immerse themselves in the message, and aim for the minimum 80 per cent compliance in hand hygiene audits for the five moments of hand hygiene.

Last updated 26 March 2020
Last reviewed 26 March 2020

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