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Am J Infect Control. 2019 Jan 10. pii: S0196-6553(18)31152-0. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.12.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Bare below the elbows in an academic medical center.

Author information

1
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA. Electronic address: emily.godbout@vcuhealth.org.
2
Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA.
3
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA.

Abstract

We investigated the compliance of health care personnel with a voluntary, institution-wide bare below the elbows (BBE) approach to inpatient care at an academic medical center. BBE compliance increased significantly across all provider types over a 2-year period. The overall compliance with BBE by health care personnel nearly doubled from 2016-2017, increasing significantly from 40% to 84%.

KEYWORDS:

Bundled prevention platform; Health care personnel attire; Health care–associated infections; Horizontal infection prevention; Hospital epidemiology; Infection control

PMID:
30638675
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2018.12.007

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