The eyes have it: Using visual stimuli boosts hand hygiene compliance

A study conducted at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville reveals using passive visual stimuli encourages self-directed hand hygiene compliance among healthcare staff.

The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control. To test the effect of visual stimuli, the researchers placed a picture of a set of eyes at two foam alcohol dispensers and compared the amount of hand hygiene solution dispensed with two locations that didn't have the picture.

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"The average volume dispensed in stations with eyes was 279 cc versus that in the stations without eyes, which was 246 cc, and this was a statistically significant difference," concluded the study authors.

This is not the first study to test such stimuli on hand hygiene compliance rates; a study conducted in a surgical intensive care unit at a teaching hospital in Miami last year achieved improved compliance using the image of a man's staring eyes.   

 

 

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