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Compliance with Hand Hygiene
2 Minute EBP Challenge
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How would you answer this question?
Nurses and other healthcare workers are more likely to wash their hands when:
a. Attending physicians role model the behavior.
b. Educational programs stress the importance of hand hygiene.
c. Posters are placed near the sink.
d. Nurses remind their peers to use hand hygiene.
The correct answer is "a" attending physicians model the behavior.
If the first person to enter the patient's room washes their hands, then other caregivers are more likely to wash their hands too; and when the first person in the room is the attending physician, other caregivers are more likely to use hand hygiene.
Much has been written about the dangers of transmitting bacteria from one patient to another, but healthcare workers also have to be concerned about spreading bacteria from each other. Hewitt, et al. (2012) found more than 500 types of bacteria on computers and other office equipment. These too can be spread to patients if caregivers are not washing their hands before patient care.
From: Haessler, S., et al. (2012). Getting doctors to clean their hands: lead the followers. British Medical Journal: Safety and Quality, 21(6), 499-502.
Hewitt, K.M., et al. (2012). Office space bacterial abundance and diversity in three metropolitan areas. PLoS ONE 7(5): e37849. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037849.
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