A novel educational programme to improve knowledge regarding health care-associated infection and hand hygiene

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Fitzpatrick M, Everett-Thomas R, Nevo I, Shekhter I, Rosen LF, Scheinman SR, Arheart KL, Birnbach DJ. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 269–274

A novel educational programme to improve knowledge regarding health care-associated infection and hand hygiene

Lack of hand hygiene by health-care workers is the most significant cause of health care-associated infection. This programme was designed to make health-care workers want to wash their hands, to change their knowledge regarding hand hygiene and health care-associated infection, and influence practice. Improvement between pre- and post-test scores was statistically significant. Compliance is a multifactorial problem that involves knowledge and behaviour. Educational awareness and frequent reminders are critical to maintain high rates of hand hygiene compliance.

Keywords: hand washing; in service training; infections; nurses; protective gloves

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2011.01934.x

Affiliations: 1: Research and Training Specialist, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA 2: Research Assistant Professor, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA 3: Medical Simulation Manager, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA 4: Senior Researcher, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA 5: Associate Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miami, Florida, USA 6: Director, UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety, Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Public Health, Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Vice Provost, University of Miami, Florida, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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