SOAP UP focuses on implementing appropriate hand hygiene strategies to reduce the spread of infection.  By improving hand hygiene, a positive impact will be made on reducing patient harm in seven areas: catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO), sepsis, surgical site infection (SSI) and ventilator-associated events (VAE).

FHA will focus on SOAP UP October - December 2017.

Through the acronym, hospital staff will be able to remember to:

S - SCRUB: for 20 seconds with the right product
O - OWN: your role in preventing HAIs (hospital acquired infections)
A - ADDRESS: immediately intervene if breach is observed
P - PLACE: hand hygiene products in strategic locations
U - UPDATE: hand hygiene products policies as needed to promote adherence
P - PROTECT: involve patients and families in hand hygiene

FHA Resources

FHA SOAP UP Newsletters

Additional Resources

Health Resource & Educational Trust (HRET)

Hand Hygiene Measurement Improvement Resources and Tools from various organizations

The Joint Commission: Hand Hygiene Information

World Health Organization (WHO)

American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC)

Educational Materials for Patients, Visitors and the Community

Education and Training for Health Care Providers

On-Demand Learning: Hand Hygiene Courses

Videos and Podcasts

Virtual Events


For more information, contact FHA MTC HIIN at or 407-841-6230.