Patient Participation in Hand Hygiene Faces Obstacles, Including Healthcare Worker Annoyance

Article

Although healthcare workers say that patient participation in hand hygiene protocols would be helpful, about one-third of these healthcare professionals admit that they would not like to be reminded by patients to wash their hands, reports researcher Yves Longtin, MD, of Geneva University Hospital, in a presentation of his data at the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy held in Boston this week.

This is just one of several findings from a survey Longtin conducted to assess hand hygiene practices among 750 randomly selected physicians and nurses working at a teaching hospital. Respondents completed a 10-minute survey that questioned them about their knowledge and perception of hand hygiene and patient participation programs; Longtin reports that 60 percent of respondents said they believed that medical errors could be prevented by patient collaboration, and that 58 percent said that patient participation could improve hand hygiene practices and compliance. Longtin also reports that 30 percent of respondents said they would not appreciate being reminded of hand hygiene by a patient, and 43 percent said they would feel humiliated to admit to forgetting to perform hand hygiene to a patient. Longtin also says that 16 percent of respondents said patients would have to take some responsibility for a poor outcome if they participated in a facility's hand hygiene program.

To read further, CLICK HERE.

Recent Videos
Rare Disease Month: An Infection Control Today® and Contagion® collaboration.
Lucy S. Witt, MD, investigates hospital bed's role in C difficile transmission, emphasizing room interactions and infection prevention
Chikungunya virus, 3D illustration. Emerging mosquito-borne RNA virus from Togaviridae family that can cause outbreaks of a debilitating arthritis-like disease   (Adobe Stock 126688070 by Dr Microbe)
Ambassador Deborah Birx, , speaks with Infection Control Today about masks in schools and the newest variant.
Woman lying in hospital bed (Adobe Stock, unknown)
Deborah Birx, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (Adobe Stock, unknown)
CDC (Adobe Stock, unknown)
Inside Track with Infection Control Today
Related Content