- •An educational intervention study was completed to improve patient hand hygiene opportunities for patients at a large academic medical center.
- •After the intervention, it was possible to study the effects of improved patient hand hygiene on health care facility–onset Clostridium difficile infection events.
- •C difficile infection events decreased significantly (P ≤ .05) for 6 months after the intervention.
- •Patient hand hygiene may be an underused prevention measure for C difficile disease; successful implementation requires staff to engage the patient with opportunities, reminders, and encouragement to keep their hands clean.
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