Real-Time Feedback Can Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance

Using real-time feedback may help improve hand hygiene compliance, according to a study in American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers counted hand hygiene compliance for three months using electronic handwash counters in two units. They compared the hand hygiene episodes, measured by disinfectant dispensing events, with hand hygiene episodes in a control unit.

They found the events of hand hygiene compliance were higher in units with the real-time tracker, at 90.1 dispensing episodes per patient-day, compared to 73.1 dispensing episodes per patient-day in the control units.

Researchers suggest real-time feedback for hand hygiene compliance improves hand hygiene compliance.

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