Self-Reported versus observed audit: Measuring CHG bathing compliance

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      • Conducting chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing audits can help sustainability
      • Direct observation audits are preferred; however, can be difficult to obtain
      • Our findings showed no difference between observed and self-reported compliance
      • Self-reported audit may be a practical proxy measure for CHG compliance


      Measuring compliance with the appropriate chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing process through direct observation audits can be helpful in sustaining this important practice; however, capturing this data may be difficult. This study reports the differences between observed and self-reported CHG bathing process compliance audits. The difference between mean observed and self-reported compliance was not significant (p = .06), indicating that self-reported compliance may be an accurate, easy to obtain proxy measure for CHG bathing process compliance.

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