Hand Hygiene Compliance Poor Among Anesthesia Providers

Recent research suggests heavy workloads may contribute to poor hand hygiene compliance by anesthesia providers, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

For their study, researchers employed five individuals to pose as nursing staff at a teaching hospital for four weeks. The observers were tasked with logging hand hygiene opportunities and failures among anesthesia care providers.


Over the four-week period, approximately 8,000 hand hygiene opportunities were documented, averaging 34-41 opportunities per hour. In addition, the aggregate failure rate was 82 percent. The researchers suggested clinical leaders investigate novel approaches to boost hand hygiene among anesthesia providers.

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