Julie Johnson 1,2, Kim Comensoli 1
1 Northeast Health Wangaratta, Wangaratta, VIC, Australia
2 Australian College of Perioperative Nursing, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Creativity and enterprise were required to engage & refocus clinical staff on the fundamentals of aseptic non-touch technique at a sub-regional rural health service organisation.
When reflecting on the success of the program the following key constructs were identified;
– engaging, knowledgeable team members
– creation of an interactive, fun & supported learning environment and;
– lots of culinary rewards.
Back 2 basic approach utilising adult learning principles was implemented via a multidisciplinary strategy through the use of pop-up shops and a series of clinically focussed peer based education programs which supported the existing clinical champions program at the HSO.
ANTT practical compliance had remained unacceptably low within the organisation – the existing educational model being used had been demonstrated to be ineffective in embedding ANTT as one of the core skill sets of clinical staff.
The introduction of a creative and supported program lead by the Infection Prevention Team turned the mandatory compliance rate around within a two month.
ANTT compliance rates improved from 15% to 87% within two months, this provided to stimulus to re-launch the Clinical Champions peer support program and reinforce the integration of ANTT and associated core skills i.e. Hand hygiene, invasive device management into a suite of practice skills to enhance clinical practice outcomes.
Successful programs need ownership and commitment to engage clinicians, its about overcoming barriers to ensure ‘every time – it’s the right way’ – encouraging and supporting clinical judgement utilising the principles of ANTT ensures ongoing clinical improvement.