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Correlation of Hand Hygiene Compliance Measured by Direct Observation with Estimates Obtained from Product Usage

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 April 2018

Westyn Branch-Elliman*
Affiliation:
VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury, Massachusetts Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, Boston, Massachusetts
Graham M. Snyder
Affiliation:
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts Division of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology, Silverman Institute of Health Care Quality & Safety, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts Plantation Health and Wellness, Plantation, Florida
Aleah D. King
Affiliation:
Division of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology, Silverman Institute of Health Care Quality & Safety, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Linda M. Baldini
Affiliation:
Division of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology, Silverman Institute of Health Care Quality & Safety, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Kaitlyn M. Dooley
Affiliation:
Plantation Health and Wellness, Plantation, Florida
David S. Yassa
Affiliation:
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Sharon B. Wright
Affiliation:
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts Division of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology, Silverman Institute of Health Care Quality & Safety, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
*
Address correspondence to Westyn Branch-Elliman, VA Boston Healthcare System, 1400 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA, 02132 (wbranche@bidmc.harvard.edu).

Abstract

Improving compliance with hand hygiene is a cornerstone of infection prevention. However, data regarding practical methods for monitoring compliance are limited. We found that product use metrics have a moderate correlation with direct observation in ward settings and limited correlation in intensive care units.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018;39:746–749

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© 2018 by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. All rights reserved 

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Footnotes

PREVIOUS PRESENTATION. Portions of these data were presented at IDWeek 2014 on October 11, 2014, in Philadelphia, PA.

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