Integrating theory with practice – ANTT POP UP Shops lead the way!

Julie Johnson 1,2, Kim Comensoli 1

Northeast Health Wangaratta, Wangaratta, VIC, Australia

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.

Methods:
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.
Results:
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.

Conclusion:
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.

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The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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