|YouTube video lets employees share message
let loose for a YouTube video that promotes a safety message. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5xJ0LEGWJI.
by Megan Fink
MUSC’s latest YouTube video shows off how well employees can jam for a
The video, which has gotten more than 2,800 hits, is successfully
spreading awareness of MUSC’s compulsory influenza vaccine policy that
requires all medical center employees to get a flu shot or wear a
surgical mask while at work.
“MUSC Safety Dance” is a YouTube video staring numerous employees from
various department and units who dance along to the Men Without Hats
’80s hit Safety Dance to educate patients;
Some participating departments and units include Patient Admissions,
Public Safety, Volunteer Services, Dietetic Services, Labor and
Delivery, Perinatal Services, Emergency Medicine, Employee Health
Services, Public Relations, Transportation Services, Hollings Cancer
Center, and Human Resources.
a fun way to educate folks about MUSC's new flu vaccine policy,” said
Tony Ciuffo, public relations information specialist. “We were looking
for a way to not only get the word out, but have folks remember and
understand our message, which was the ultimate goal. When you're a
patient or a visitor at MUSC, we want you know that your safety and
comfort is a priority, and our flu vaccine policy is just one example.
Initially, most performers were nervous and a little hesitant to let
loose, but once the music started playing, they showed their true
talents. It was a blast and something we look forward to doing more of
in the future.”
In addition to raising awareness of MUSC’s flu vaccine campaign and
policy, the making of the video has been good for employee morale.
“I volunteered Employee Health Services (EHS) to participate in the
Safety Dance to promote our support of the flu vaccine,” said Cheryl
Harris, R.N., EHS manager.
flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu and flu prevention
should be a goal for everyone. The staff embraced the dance, and it was
a chance to see who has rhythm and who does not. I will be the first to
admit that I cannot dance. We laughed before, during and well after the
dance. Laughter can be the best medicine. We have administered
thousands of flu vaccines in our office this flu season, a record
number. I am fortunate to work with staff that readily agreed to dance
in the effort to educate and promote flu vaccinations. It was an
enjoyable experience for all.”
MUSC’s compulsory influenza vaccine policy took effect January of this
year. Medical center staff, volunteers and residents who declined the
flu shot must wear a mask while in the hospital or clinic through the
end of March.
For policy specifics, refer to the following link: https://www.musc.edu/medcenter/policy/Med/C166.pdf.
You also can view the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America’s
recent position statement on influenza vaccination in health care
workers at http://mcintranet.musc.edu/cceps/Documents/
If employees have questions about this policy, contact Infection
Control, Employee Health Services or Student Health Services.
Friday, Jan. 21,