Improving patients’ hand hygiene in the acute care setting: Is staff education enough?

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      • Patient hand hygiene, effect of providing hand sanitizing wipes versus staff education.
      • Patient hand hygiene levels were self-reported and gathered using surveys.
      • Hand wipe distribution alone did not lead to an increase in patient hand hygiene.
      • Staff education alone did not lead to an increase in patient hand hygiene.
      • Staff education with unit's own data increased reminders to patients’ hand hygiene.
      Patients’ hand hygiene (PHH) has been associated with reduction of healthcare-associated infections. We compared staff education about the importance of PHH versus providing patients with alcohol wipes for PHH. Our study found that staff education increased the percentage of patients reporting that they had been educated/encouraged to perform PHH but this intervention alone did not resulted in a statistically significant increase of the average frequency of PHH per day.

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