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Ky Nurse. 2004 Apr-Jun;52(2):9.

The new dirt on hand hygiene.

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Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, USA.


Brown et al.'s (2003) study supported that the use of alcohol-based hand rubs would improve hand hygiene compliance and decrease the incidence of cross-infection. The results of this study can be used to support a group research utilization project that would educate nurses about the use of alcohol-based hand rubs as an effective technique for hand hygiene. Feasibility issues could include cost of the antiseptic and dispensers, placement of dispensers in relation to patient care, and education sessions with the nurses on how and when to use the antiseptic. Future research could be done to examine various nations' compliance with hand hygiene through use of a alcohol-based hand rubs, while also using a more discrete means of observation.


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