Challenges and Solutions for Measuring Hand Hygiene Compliance
Available: On Demand
Posted in Webinar
Speakers: Jeff Hall; Jane Kirk, MSN, RN, CIC, Clinical Director
Hand hygiene is considered to be the cornerstone of an infection control program. Many studies have demonstrated a correlation between improving hand hygiene compliance and a reduction of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)1. The challenge has been in the measurement of hand hygiene compliance. Direct observation, the gold standard, provides infection preventionists with opportunities for coaching and teaching staff correct hand hygiene technique and practices, but it has some limitations. For example, the Hawthorne effect can bias compliance rates with the effects of staff behavior when they are being watched. Observing hand hygiene and providing reports can be labor intensive. Technology has provided the hand hygiene program owner the ability to measure hand hygiene compliance electronically. These electronic systems can also provide reporting mechanisms and immediate feedback. It is not enough to simply measure hand hygiene compliance to achieve improvement in compliance rates. Some systems have programs to improve compliance rates by offering performance improvement projects.
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**This activity is provided by Infection Control Today, a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 15619, for 1 contact hour of continuing education.
1The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2002). Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings (51), RR-16.