Sustained hand hygiene initiative reduces MRSA transmission

Robert J. Ancona, Richard Boehler, Leigh A. Chapman

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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 care-associated MRSA. • Conclusion: Hand hygiene compliance over time is achievable in the hospital setting across all disciplines and prevents the spread of nosocomial pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-170
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Outcomes Management
Volume16
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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