What is Your Biggest Struggle with Hand Hygiene Compliance?

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A recent study published in the American Journal of Infection Control and highlighted in this Beckers story, found that while healthcare workers may follow all of the World Health Organization’s recommended hand hygiene steps for using alcohol-based hand rub, they still make mistakes and miss some areas of their hands.

According to the study, below are the rankings on the average percentage of clinicians who cover each hand area completely, starting with the least covered hand area:

  1. Thumbs, 37.45 percent
  2. Fingertips, 44.54 percent
  3. Back of hands, 46.38 percent
  4. Between fingers, 74.75 percent
  5. Palms, 98.87 percent

Think about how you wash your hands. Are you a hand wringer, a rubber back and forth, or a combination? I had to ask myself. One of the biggest struggles for hand hygiene compliance is that healthcare workers have so much they must remember, and so much that they need to get done.

We previously asked industry experts about why hand hygiene is a struggle and what needs to be done to improve it. Weigh in on that discussion here, or, feel free to comment below and tell us what you think of the recent AJIC study—can you relate?

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Barbara Connell

Barbara Connell

Barbara Connell is vice president of medical affairs at Medline. Connell has over 20 years’ experience as a medical technologist working specifically in the areas of microbiology, hematology and blood banking, Connell also brings 15 years’ experience in the IVD laboratory diagnostics business.


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