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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Sep;28(9):1099-102. Epub 2007 Jul 25.

Hand hygiene and glove use behavior in an Italian hospital.

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  • 1Istituto di Malattie Infettive e Tropicali, Spedali Civili, Universita di Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 20123 Brescia, Italy.


In an Italian hospital, we observed that hand hygiene was performed in 638 (19.6%) of 3,253 opportunities, whereas gloves were worn in 538 (44.2%) 1,218 of opportunities. We observed an inverse correlation between the intensity of care and the rate of hand hygiene compliance (R2=0.057; P<.001), but no such association was observed for the rate of glove use compliance (R2=0.014; P=.078). Rates of compliance with hand hygiene and glove use recommendations follow different behavioral patterns.

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