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Tough Scrubber toolkit

Hand-hygiene education for front-line hospital staff

Fun, fast, challenging, hilarious. Is this how your staff would describe their hand-hygiene education? Try Tough Scrubber and they just might.

Developed and piloted by the Heart and Vascular Unit at St. Michael’s, Tough Scrubber is a fast-paced, over-the-top simulation for front-line staff that’s tailored for their clinical area. There’s a quick quiz before it starts and a quick debrief after it finishes… and that’s it. The whole process takes 10 minutes or less.

Try it, and let us know how it worked for you!

To try Tough Scrubber, all you need is our toolkit, four or five hand-hygiene leaders (to run the activity and pose as patients), an empty patient room with two beds, and the everyday equipment described in the scenarios (e.g. a wheelchair, a basin).

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the toolkit authors at BunstonR@smh.ca and ShapiroL@smh.ca.