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Intervention Improves Hand Hygiene Compliance in Nurses

Emergency nurses, technicians participated in experiential learning activities

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A multifaceted intervention can improve hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Lynn L. Wiles, Ph.D., R.N., from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and colleagues assessed the effectiveness of a multifaceted intervention (an education module and two experiential learning activities) to improve hand hygiene among emergency nurses and technicians.

The researchers found that post-test scores were significantly higher than pretest scores. At both the completion of the project and three months afterward, hand hygiene compliance rates improved.

“As the portal for nearly 40 percent of admitted patients, the emergency department and emergency department staff have a key role in implementing effective hand hygiene practices when patients enter health care systems,” the authors write. “Providing education, identifying gaps in practice, and brainstorming solutions to address department-specific challenges are key strategies for improving hand hygiene compliance in a fast-paced environment.”

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