J Clin Outcomes Manage
Sustained hand hygiene initiative reduces MRSA transmission
Ancona RJ, Boehler R, Chapman LA
Abstract Objective: To describe a sustained hand hygiene initiative in the hospital setting and its impact on rates of hand hygiene compliance and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission. Methods: An institution-wide hand hygiene program was developed that included monitoring, recording observations, and providing personnel with regular feedback. Results: Hand hygiene compliance improved and was sustained at over 90% during a 3-year time frame with a concomitant reduction in health careľassociated MRSA. Conclusion: Hand hygiene compliance over time is achievable in the hospital setting across all disciplines and prevents the spread of nosocomial pathogens.
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