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Establishment of a National Surveillance System for Alcohol-Based Hand Rub Consumption and Change in Consumption over 4 Years

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Michael Behnke
Affiliation:
National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections, Berlin, Germany
Petra Gastmeier
Affiliation:
National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections, Berlin, Germany Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany
Christine Geffers
Affiliation:
National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections, Berlin, Germany Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany
Nadine Mönch
Affiliation:
National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections, Berlin, Germany Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany
Christiane Reichardt*
Affiliation:
Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany
*
National Reference Center for Surveillance of Nosocomial Infections, Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, University Medicine, Charité, Hindenburgdamm 27, 12203 Berlin, Germany, (christiane.reichardt@charite.de)

Abstract

Germany established a national surveillance system for alcohol-based hand rub consumption (AHC) in 2008. In 2010, the median AHC was 83 mL/patient-day in 543 intensive care units (ICUs) and 18 mL/patient-day in 4,638 non-ICUs. There was a median increase in AHC of 35.9% (P < .01) in 159 hospitals that participated in the surveillance system for 4 years.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2012

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