Practice of hand hygiene and use of protective gloves: Differences in the perception between patients and medical staff

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      • HCWs demonstrated poor familiarity with the My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene.
      • The role of protective gloves in preventing HAI was overestimated by patients and HCWs.
      • The oldest patients and those with vocational education highly appreciated the use of gloves.
      • HCWs with lower seniority and students attached greater importance to the use of gloves.
      • Involving patients in creating a safe health care environment remains a huge challenge.
      This study investigated differences in perceptions of hand hygiene and protective glove use among patients and health care workers (HCWs) in Poland. We conducted a survey using an original questionnaire among 462 respondents, including 173 (37.4%) patients and 289 (62.6%) HCWs; HCWs demonstrated poor familiarity with the My 5 Moments for Hand Hygiene. The role of protective gloves in preventing health care–associated infection was overestimated by both patients and HCWs.

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