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A novel educational programme to improve knowledge regarding health care-associated infection and hand hygiene

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  • Maureen Fitzpatrick MSN ARNP-BC,

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    1. Research and Education Specialist, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA
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  • Ruth Everett-Thomas RN MSN,

    1. Research and Training Specialist, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA
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  • Igal Nevo MD,

    1. Research Assistant Professor, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA
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  • Ilya Shekhter MBA,

    1. Medical Simulation Manager, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA
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  • Lisa F Rosen MA,

    1. Senior Researcher, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA
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  • Stephen R Scheinman MD,

    1. Research Assistant Professor, University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Miami, Florida, USA
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  • Kristopher L Arheart EdD,

    1. Associate Professor, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miami, Florida, USA
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  • David J Birnbach MD MPH

    1. Director, UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety, Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Public Health, Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Vice Provost, University of Miami, Florida, USA
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Maureen Fitzpatrick, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Institute #411 (R-370A), 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami, FL 33136, USA. Email: mfitzpatrick@med.miami.edu

Abstract

Fitzpatrick M, Everett-Thomas R, Nevo I, Shekhter I, Rosen LF, Scheinman SR, Arheart KL, Birnbach DJ. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 269–274

A novel educational programme to improve knowledge regarding health care-associated infection and hand hygiene

Lack of hand hygiene by health-care workers is the most significant cause of health care-associated infection. This programme was designed to make health-care workers want to wash their hands, to change their knowledge regarding hand hygiene and health care-associated infection, and influence practice. Improvement between pre- and post-test scores was statistically significant. Compliance is a multifactorial problem that involves knowledge and behaviour. Educational awareness and frequent reminders are critical to maintain high rates of hand hygiene compliance.

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