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Use of an automated hand hygiene compliance system by emergency room nurses and technicians is associated with decreased employee absenteeism

Published:December 20, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2019.11.023

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      • Reduced absenteeism among community hospital emergency room personnel after implementation of an automated hand hygiene compliance system.
      • Use of automated hand hygiene compliance systems may decrease health care personnel sick call outs and the number of overtime hours worked by substitute staff.
      • Decreased health care personnel absenteeism and decreased overtime hours paid represent significant returns on the investment of implementing an automated hand hygiene compliance system.
      Few studies have examined the use of hand hygiene interventions among health care personnel and employee absenteeism. To improve the hand hygiene practices of emergency room nurses and technicians, we implemented mandatory use of an automated hand hygiene compliance system. After implementation, we found reductions in employee absenteeism and the number of overtime hours worked by substitute staff. These unanticipated results demonstrate a return on investment that benefits the health of employees.

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