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Improve with Data-driven TST

The TST provides a tested framework for quality improvement that increases hand hygiene compliance and helps reduce HAIs. 

Defining Hand Hygiene

In the TST, hand hygiene is limited to the two moments of wash in and wash out to help you better measure instances of compliance.


A Clear, Coordinated Process

Your successful TST project begins with a strong foundation of planning and teamwork. There are videos displayed throughout the tool providing tips on how to use the TST. You will also find links to World Health Organization guidelines and other resources for additional information.

  1. Set up your project
    Select an area of focus for your hand hygiene improvement effort and name your project. You can follow pre-established parameters if you wish. Select the HAIs you will track.
  2. Appoint your team
    Identify your core and site team members and define their roles and responsibilities.
  3. Establish your project charter
    Define the scope, team members, goals, and completion dates of the hand hygiene pilot project. Pilot your initiative in a few areas and gradually expand to other units.
  4. Train data collectors
    Select your data collectors and use the online training tools to assist your data collectors in accurately collecting the hand hygiene data. Learn the difference between an observer and just-in-time coach.
  5. Obtain assistance
    Access built-in resources on defining hand hygiene, training modules, and a suggested timeline for your project.
  6. Chart progress
    A customized dashboard helps you review your organization’s progress and compare it to international and U.S. TST users.
  7. Sustain gains
    Learn ways to maintain improvements in your unit, replicate these results in other areas, and advance your project beyond the wash in/wash out stage.