May 6 is “STOP! Clean Your Hands” day

LHSC video shares tips for ensuring proper hand hygiene

May 6, 2013

“Be Wise, Sanitize”. It is not just a catchy slogan; it is also the name of a video recently produced by the Child and Youth Advisory Council at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) aimed at helping younger audiences understand the importance of good hand hygiene, particularly when in hospital.

The Child and Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) is a group of youth, aged 10-17, who have been a patient at LHSC’s Children’s Hospital, or who have a family member who has been treated at LHSC. Their goal is to help enhance family-centered care by looking at the health care experience through the eyes of young patients.

CYAC members are acutely aware of the importance of good hand hygiene in protecting health, but weren’t sure that their peers were as informed as they should be.  Wanting to help educate, while still keeping the subject fun and light, the group decided to write a song outlining the steps involved in proper hand washing.

“We wanted to create a video that was memorable. Our hope is that we can help people form healthy hand washing habits that will stay with them throughout their lives, not just while they’re in the hospital”, said CYAC member, seventeen-year-old Mackenzie Babinsky.

The video, set to the tune ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, was filmed by a friend of the CYAC, grade twelve student Ted Linden from Beal Secondary School. Linden was inspired to help the group on this project after his father experienced a hospital stay recently. “While my father was in the hospital, it became very clear to me how important proper hand sanitization is. I think this video will resonate with patients and visitors alike, because it is a catchy tune with fun lyrics, presented in a unique way.”

Val Rousom, Director of Children’s Care at LHSC is thrilled with the video, and views it as an important tool to help educate a population who might otherwise not think about this key infection prevention method. “The work done by the CYAC in creating this video is outstanding, and will provide a great resource for teaching patients and visitors the proper way to wash your hands. Our goal is to make our patients healthy, and ensure our visitors remain healthy. The best way to do that is to encourage frequent, thorough hand washing, and this video is a great way to do that.”

The 'Be Wise, Sanitize!' video is available to patients and visitors through LHSC’s Children’s Hospital website and the Children’s Health Foundation website, and will be placed on television units at the bedside.