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J Hosp Infect. 2016 Apr;92(4):337-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2015.09.012. Epub 2015 Oct 22.

New technology markedly improves hand-hygiene performance among healthcare workers after restroom visits.

Author information

1
Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. Electronic address: hassedk@gmail.com.
2
Department of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark.
3
Hvidovre Hospital, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark.
4
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark.

Abstract

The risks to patients from pathogens present on healthcare workers' (HCWs') hands are high; however, compliance with hand hygiene among HCWs is low. We devised a prospective intervention trial of a new hand-hygiene dispensing technology to improve HCWs' compliance with hand hygiene. Baseline hand-hygiene compliance was observed for three months before and after an intervention consisting of implementation of an electronic device that reminds people to comply with hand hygiene after restroom visits. Compliance in hand-hygiene performance after restroom visits increased among HCWs from 66% to 91% after the intervention.

KEYWORDS:

Compliance; Hand hygiene; Infection control

PMID:
26597634
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2015.09.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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