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Guidebook Summary

Electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring systems can overcome the challenges of direct observation and provide healthcare institutions with a significant way to address healthcare-associated infections.

Editor's Take

While direct observation has been the standard way to monitor hand hygiene compliance behavior - the drawbacks of small sample size, the Hawthorne Effect and lack of inter-rater reliability can make data highly unreliable. Technologies are emerging that are evidence based and may provide a significantly more reliable way to monitor this essential measure of healthcare quality and patient safety. Additionally, with the 2017 inclusion of MRSA and C. diff rates included in the calculation of a hospital’s Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) score – the imperative to improve hand hygiene to reduce the risk of these costly infections is that much more critical to avoiding the HAC 1 percent CMS revenue penalty.

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