Hand hygiene is the cornerstone of any infection control program. It is absolutely critical. Mountains of evidence through the years points to the overwhelming need to prioritize hand hygiene. Unless that happens, no infection control approach is complete or can be truly effective. With so many other areas to be considered, the simple steps often can be overlooked. We must not lose sight of the basics as we develop comprehensive infection control approaches. And hands down, good hand hygiene is pivotal. Health care associated infections are drawing increasing attention from patients, insurers, governments and regulatory bodies, so getting back to the basics is important. Read more here.
At the links below, we explore research that illustrates the need for proper hand hygiene as well as methods to improve this low-cost but strategic step to infection control.
- Determinants of hand hygiene compliance among nurses in US hospitals: A formative research study
- Hand hygiene among physicians: performance, beliefs, and perceptions
- Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance in Nursing Homes: Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial (HANDSOME Study)