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Hand Rub Consumption Has Almost Doubled in 132 German Hospitals Over 9 Years

  • Wibke Wetzker (a1), Janine Walter (a1), Karin Bunte-Schönberger (a1), Frank Schwab (a1), Michael Behnke (a1), Petra Gastmeier (a1) and Christiane Reichardt (a1)...


Annual surveillance data (2007–2015), collected continuously in 132 German hospitals, was evaluated for development of alcohol-based hand-rub consumption (AHC) as a surrogate parameter for hand hygiene adherence. Overall, the median increase in AHC was 94%. The increases over 9 years were significant in all units and quartiles of AHC at baseline.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:870–872


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Address correspondence to Wibke Wetzker, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Institut für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin, Hindenburgdamm 27, D-12203 Berlin, Germany (


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