Hand Hygiene Awareness Case Study

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Increasing Hand Hygiene Awareness and Auditing at Elim Village Hand hygiene is basic, simple and the most important initiative to prevent hospital acquired infections. Health care workers’ (HCWs) hands are the most common vector for organism transmission and, historically, HCWs have a low hand hygiene compliance rate of approximately 18% - 50% (British Columbia. Ministry of Health, 2012; Canada. Public Health Agency, 2012). In 2000, a UK report was released stating that nosocomial infections could be reduced by 15% if HCWs followed hand hygiene recommendations (Canada. Public Health Agency, 2012). Contaminated hands of HCWs continually touch a variety of substances and surfaces; within hours organisms can quickly spread through a health …show more content…
The use of information pamphlets, in-service education and auditing processes, among others, have been associated with increased adherence (Boyce & Pittet, 2002). New strategies to increase hand hygiene, require motivation, education and system change. These strategies need to be based on authors’/investigators’ experience, epidemiological experience, and the review of the most up-to-date knowledge (Boyce & Pittet, 2002). This project introduces many different aspects, as mentioned in this paper, at Elim Village and it will achieve individual and systematic change. Despite the fact that there are many different strategies to promote hand hygiene, it needs to be embedded into the health care culture and client safety where a variety of different quality indicators interact to accomplish a shared objective (Phillips, 1999). With continuing research advancements, strategies will continue to evolve by both multimodal and multidisciplinary …show more content…
To further highlight this, a study conducted by Huis et al. (2013), noted that hand hygiene strategies succeeded only when traditional strategies (i.e. workplace reminders, audits, training sessions) were supplemented with social influence and leadership components. Social influence components included setting norms and goals, establishing team sessions, empowering team members to speak up when poor hand hygiene is observed, and supporting each other to promote hand hygiene (Huis et al., 2013). Leadership components included addressing barriers to hand hygiene, actively and consistently motivating and encouraging team members to perform hand hygiene, and ensuring accountability (Huis et al., 2013). Thus a key strategy for the group was to ensure presence on-site on a weekly basis and work collaboratively with leaders/managers and staff to ensure that social and leadership components were being

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