Brief Report| Volume 44, ISSUE 8, P956-957, August 01, 2016

Electronic hand hygiene monitoring as a tool for reducing health care–associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection

      Electronic monitoring of hand hygiene compliance using the World Health Organization's My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene is a new innovation that has not yet been shown to reduce hospital infections. We analyzed existing data from 23 inpatient units over a 33-month period and found a significant correlation between unit-specific improvements in electronic monitoring compliance and reductions in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection rates (r = -0.37, P < .001).

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          The article by Kelly et al1 reported the results of an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system in the reduction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections at Greenville Memorial Hospital. They found that the system prevented 24 MRSA infections, which represented a 42% decrease from the baseline, a reduction of 0.114 infections per 1,000 patient days. A calculated postintervention MRSA rate of infection would equal 0.1574 per 1,000 patient days. This is an excellent rate of control, especially when compared with the postintervention results by Jain et al,2 who reported postintervention rates of 0.26 infections per 1,000 patient days for nonintensive care unit beds and 0.62 infections per 1,000 patient days for intensive care unit beds.
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