Hand hygiene compliance better during flu season

A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined adherence to hand hygiene guidelines during influenza season.

Researchers observed 12,740 hand hygiene opportunities over six consecutive years at a tertiary care center.

They found hand hygiene adherence among healthcare workers was significantly higher during the flu season as compared to non-flu periods, after controlling for important covariables.

"This finding suggests that HH awareness is increased during influenza periods, which could have implications for HCW education," study authors noted.

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