Study Shows Computer Screen Saver Messages May Boost Hand Hygiene Compliance

Computer screen saver messages may improve healthcare workers' compliance to hand hygiene protocols, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

For the study, researchers assessed the impact of screen saver messages that focused on the benefits of hand hygiene rather than the risks of noncompliance. Surveillance of hand hygiene events showed compliance changed from a negative trend pre-implementation (2.3 fewer hand hygiene events per week) to a positive trend post-implementation (1.5 more hand hygiene events per week). Ultimately, hand hygiene compliance was boosted from 63.6 percent to 71.5 percent after the intervention was implemented.


The researchers suggest positive message about hand hygiene may be associated with elevated compliance to hand hygiene practice.

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