Providence Health & Services Alaska took top prize at this year’s educational and humorous hand hygiene film festival. The competition, held June 14 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, is in its seventh year now and draws clever submissions from hospitals around the country. This year had 12 submissions, including the winner and the following two finalists — Lake Health of Northeast Ohio and Mon Health Medical Center in West Virginia.
But it was Providence Health & Services Alaska that squeaked out a clean win this year with its high-quality, hip-hop production called “Look at Me (Hand Hygiene)”. Complete with a helicopter shot showing off the hospital’s helipad and a posse of medical professionals backing up its lead rapper, the music video urges listeners to W.L.S.R.D (wet, lather, scrub, rinse, dry). Midway through the video, cute kids from the pediatrics department come in and steal the show.
“Utilizing a music-video format to provide an overview of hand-hygiene best practices is a great way to disseminate our most important infection prevention intervention,” says Timothy Wiemken, Ph.D., MPH, CIC, FAPIC, APIC's 2017 annual conference chair. “Providence’s video is such an amazing addition to the film festival winner’s circle, and their creation can be used as a unique tool to drive home the importance of hand hygiene.”
Check out Providence’s video below.
Lake Health parodied pop singer Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass", to create “We’re All About Those Hands!” The song focuses on the association between clean hands and healthy patients. The hospital brought in a medley of singers and even a little choreography to go with lines like “We’re bringing lather back, go ahead, grab your friends and tell them that!” Dance and sing along to the video below.
The quality department at Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown, W.V., may have submitted the funniest video of the bunch with its parody of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” The hospital’s “Infectious Funk” details the woes that come along with poor hand hygiene, but goes on to explain that the way to get those germs to stop singing “Hallelujah!” is by employing good hand-washing practices. The video is complete with costume designs. Check them out below.
If you want more hand-hygiene fun, check out last year’s winners.