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Am J Infect Control. 2011 Oct;39(8):693-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.12.002. Epub 2011 Jun 12.

Adherence to hand hygiene and risk factors for poor adherence in 13 Ontario acute care hospitals.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Multicenter studies assessing hand hygiene adherence and risk factors for poor performance are scarce. In an observational study involving 13 hospitals across Ontario, Canada, we found a mean adherence rate of 31.2%, and that adherence was positively associated with nurses, single rooms, contact precautions, and the availability of alcohol hand rub dispensers.

Copyright © 2011 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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