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Sustained increase in resident meal time hand hygiene through an interdisciplinary intervention engaging long-term care facility residents and staff

      Hand hygiene by patients may prevent acquisition and dissemination of health care–associated pathogens, but limited efforts have been made to engage patients in hand hygiene interventions. In a long-term care facility, we found that residents were aware of the importance of hand hygiene, but barriers, such as inaccessible products or difficult to use products, limited compliance. A dramatic and sustained improvement in meal time hand hygiene was achieved through engagement of staff and residents.

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