Improving patients’ hand hygiene in the acute care setting: Is staff education enough?

Yanet Manresa, Lilian Abbo, Kathleen Sposato, Dennise de Pascale, Adriana Jimenez

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Abstract

Patients’ hand hygiene (PHH) has been associated with reduction of healthcare-associated infections. We compared staff education about the importance of PHH versus providing patients with alcohol wipes for PHH. Our study found that staff education increased the percentage of patients reporting that they had been educated/encouraged to perform PHH but this intervention alone did not resulted in a statistically significant increase of the average frequency of PHH per day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Hand hygiene
  • Hand sanitizing wipes
  • Healthcare workers education
  • Patient education
  • Patient hand hygiene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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