Challenges and Solutions for Measuring Hand Hygiene Compliance

Available: On Demand
Posted in Webinars
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.

After completing this Webinar the participant will be able to:

  • Describe current methods for measuring hand hygiene compliance.
  • Discuss pros and cons of each measurement system.
  • Explain the potential impact of enhanced Hand Hygiene data collection on patient outcomes.

All content was developed and sponsored by GOJO.

Eligible for 1.0 contact hour(s) of continuing education

This nursing continuing education activity is offered by Infection Control Today/Informa Exhibitions, an approved provider (California BRN provider #16526) by the California Board of Registered Nursing.


Jeff HallJeff Hall

Jeff Hall is the Compliance Program Director for North America at GOJO Industries, Inc. He is responsible for the commercialization and on-going development of GOJO’s Hand Hygiene Solutions for electronic compliance monitoring. He has been in Healthcare Sales & Marketing for over 20 years with experience in developing businesses and products for the healthcare market and leading sales teams on a national level.

Jane KirkJane Kirk, MSN, RN, CIC, Clinical Director

Jane Kirk is the Healthcare Clinical Director for GOJO Industries, and is responsible for bringing the clinical perspective to our Acute Care and Long-Term Care businesses. Prior to joining GOJO in 2008, she was Director of Infection Control at a 600+ bed hospital in Northeast Ohio where she initiated a robust hand hygiene program. Jane’s experience in nursing also includes Public Health, Emergency Nursing, Critical Care, Ambulatory Nursing, and Clinical Instructor at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. Jane holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

1The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2002). Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings (51), RR-16.