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Hand hygiene survey: Patient reminders could improve worker compliance

Sixty percent of healthcare workers who responded to a survey on employee hand hygiene said that patient reminders could improve hand hygiene compliance. However, nearly one-third of those same respondents also said they would not appreciate patient involvement at all.

The findings of the 10-minute survey represented the opinion of 277 randomly selected doctors and nurses, and were presented at the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, which is currently underway in Boston.


According to an article on Pediatric SuperSite, respondents who said they didn’t want patient reminders felt it would negatively affect healthcare worker-patient relationships, and that it would create the potential for failure to comply with hand washing procedures leading to legal action.

The survey also found that 43% of respondents would be “humiliated” if they had to admit to forgetting hand hygiene protocols, and 16% felt that if patients got involved, hand hygiene would shift from caregiver accountability to the patients’ responsibility.

To read the full story from Pediatric SuperSite, click here. [1]