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Am J Infect Control. 2016 Jun 1;44(6):e95-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2015.12.031. Epub 2016 Feb 17.

Hand hygiene compliance in Penang, Malaysia: Human audits versus product usage.

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1
Penang State Health Department, Ministry of Health, Georgetown, Malaysia.
2
Infection Control Unit, Penang Hospital, Ministry of Health, Georgetown, Malaysia.
3
Clinical Research Centre, Penang Hospital, Ministry of Health, Georgetown, Malaysia.
4
Medical Development Division, Ministry of Health, Putrajaya, Malaysia.
5
School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Electronic address: m.mclaws@unsw.edu.au.

Abstract

Hand hygiene auditing is mandatory for all Malaysian public hospitals; nonetheless, the burden of auditing is impacting the support and sustainability of the program. We report an alternative method to routinely measure hand hygiene compliance with the aim to test whether alcohol-based handrub purchase data could be used as a proxy for usage because human auditing has decreased validity and reliability inherent in the methodology.

KEYWORDS:

Hand hygiene compliance; alcohol-based handrub; hand sanitizer purchase data; human auditing; product usage; validity

PMID:
26897697
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2015.12.031
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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