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Braz J Infect Dis. 2006 Feb;10(1):33-5. Epub 2006 Jun 2.

Compliance with handwashing at two intensive care units in São Paulo.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, USA. ghfurtado@uol.com.br

Abstract

Handwashing compliance was compared at two medical- surgical intensive care units (ICUs) of a teaching and a non-teaching hospital. The mean compliance was 22.2% and 42.6%, respectively. Respiratory therapists at the non-teaching hospital had the best handwashing compliance (52.6%). Nursing assistants at the teaching hospital had the worst compliance (11.5%). Nursing assistant was the only health-care worker category with a significant difference between the two ICUs (odds ratio = 6.0; 95% confidence interval = 3.83-9.43; p< 0.001).

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