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Clean Hands Save Lives: Protect Patients, Protect Yourself!


Does your practice encourage good hand hygiene habits? Do you have hand sanitizer, soap, and water easily accessible for your employees? This may sound like a no-brainer, but these 2 factors are key to getting everyone to comply with infection control guidelines. A recent study found that workplace culture can determine whether healthcare workers comply with hand hygiene guidelines, reported Infection Control Today.

Two main factors affected the attitude of healthcare workers:

·    peer and supervisory attitude toward proper protocol and practice, and
·    accessibility of necessary supplies like soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs.

Measuring that compliance has typically relied on a combination of self-reporting, observation and interventional approaches, according to researcher Maura P. Smiddy, MPH, of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College Cork in Ireland. 

“Noncompliance with hand hygiene guidelines is not always attributable to the  individual but can be a product of the environment in which they are working," Smiddy says. “The results demonstrate that healthcare workers' compliance with hand hygiene  is a complex challenge affected by multiple factors."

Read the CDC’s Guidelines for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings

Check out our blog on disinfecting clinical surfaces.

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