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Infection Control Today - 02/2002: Success Story


Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance

By Adi V. Gundlapalli, MD; Barbara R. Mooney, RN, BSN, CIC; Louise Eutropious, RN, BSN, CIC; William Stockdale, MBA; Arthur Turlak, MS; Clint C. Bodily, BIS

Low rates of hand-hygiene compliance among healthcare workers (HCWs) are a major healthcare problem. A performance improvement intervention project was initiated in October, 2000 to assess the impact of a multi-dimensional strategy to improve hand hygiene compliance at a tertiary-care hospital. The intervention project was completed Oct. 15, 2001, and thus far has demonstrated remarkable improvements in compliance.

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