The purpose of this project was to demonstrate whether a multifaceted quality improvement intervention program would improve hand hygiene compliance of healthcare providers (HCPs) in the Emergency Department (ED). A descriptive design with an observational approach was used with a convenience sample of ED healthcare personnel at a large, 500 bed community hospital. Seven hundred and fifty-eight hand hygiene compliance direct observations were collected during 3 time periods (baseline, pre-intervention and post-intervention observation periods). Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze differences in hand hygiene compliance across the observation periods and by HCP job category.
The results indicated a statistically significant increase in hand hygiene compliance among all groups combined after a multifaceted intervention program was implemented. Efforts to change behavior, lifestyle and the environment must be varied and the target audience must be involved to be effective. This model can be applied to HCPs in other healthcare settings to improve compliance with hand hygiene, a fundamental infection prevention practice to prevent healthcare acquired infections.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Compliance, Emergency department, Frail elderly, Hand hygiene, Older adult|
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