OVERCOMING PATIENT BARRIERS TO DISCUSSING PHYSICIAN HAND HYGIENE: Despite agreement that handwashing decreases hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), physician hand hygiene remains suboptimal. Interventions to empower patients to discuss handwashing have had variable success. This article helps understand patient perceived barriers to discussing physician hand hygiene and to determine whether patients prefer electronic alerts over printed information as an intervention to discuss physician handwashing.
STUDY: CONTACT PRECAUTIONS LINKED TO BETTER HAND HYGIENE: Healthcare workers’ hand hygiene compliance was higher when patients were under contact precautions — measures taken to reduce the spread of infection — compared with the hospital population overall, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.
MAKING HAND HYGIENE PERSONAL: CAREGIVER-SPECIFIC DATA TO IMPROVE COMPLIANCE: Hands of the healthcare workers are one of the primary mechanisms by which infectious diseases are spread among patients in healthcare institutions and researchers have suggested that individual compliance rates are the most effective means of delivering performance feedback, and according to a study in PLOS ONE, individualized performance feedback doubles the likelihood a healthcare worker will cleanse his hands.
WHY DOES LOW HAND HYGIENE COMPLIANCE STILL PLAGUE HEALTHCARE? 4 REASONS: Felix Aguirre, MD, vice president of medical affairs at IPC The Hospitalist Company; Allison Aiello, PhD, MS, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor and a member of the Tork Green Hygiene Council; and Mark Graban, chief improvement officer of KaiNexus, provide insight into why hand hygiene rates among healthcare workers remain low despite roughly 190 years of knowledge of its effectiveness in stopping the spread of infections.
4 ESSENTIALS OF HAND HYGIENE EDUCATION PROGRAMS: Renee Watson, RNC, BSN, CPHQ, CIC, manager of infection prevention and epidemiology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta discusses how they increased hand hygiene compliance rates from 40 percent in 2006 to 98.4 percent in 2012. Ms. Watson shares some tips on what a healthcare organization’s hand hygiene education program should include.
HOW TO GUIDE: TO IMPROVING HAND HYGIENE: A guide to help organizations reduce healthcare-associated infections, including infections due to antibiotic-resistant organisms, by improving hand hygiene practices and use of gloves among health care workers.
ALCOHOL-BASED HANDRUB PLANNING AND COSTING TOOL: Guidance to help healthcare facilities senior managers conceptualize the necessary steps for implementation and assists in making decisions in relation to infrastructural and economic information.
HAND HYGIENE MONITORING TOOL: Example of a Hand Hygiene Monitoring Tool which can be modified as appropriate, according to facility requirements, policies, or improvement needs.