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Hand Hygiene and Glove Use Behavior in an Italian Hospital

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Angelo Pan*
Affiliation:
Istituto di Malattie Infettive e Tropicali, Spedali Civili, Università di Brescia, Brescia Divisione di Malattie Infettive, Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
Placido Mondello
Affiliation:
Divisione di Malattie Infettive, Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
Klara Posfay-Barbe
Affiliation:
Hôpital des Enfants, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Genève, Switzerland
Patrizia Catenazzi
Affiliation:
Direzione Sanitaria, Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
Annise Grandi
Affiliation:
Direzione Sanitaria, Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Cremona, Italy Presidio Ospedaliero Oglio-Po, Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
Silvia Lorenzotti
Affiliation:
Istituto di Malattie Infettive e Tropicali, Spedali Civili, Università di Brescia, Brescia
Andrea Patroni
Affiliation:
Istituto di Malattie Infettive e Tropicali, Spedali Civili, Università di Brescia, Brescia
Nadia Poli
Affiliation:
Direzione Sanitaria, Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
Laura Soavi
Affiliation:
Istituto di Malattie Infettive e Tropicali, Spedali Civili, Università di Brescia, Brescia
Giuseppe Carnevale
Affiliation:
Divisione di Malattie Infettive, Istituti Ospitalieri di Cremona, Cremona, Italy
*
Clinica di Malattie Infettive e Tropicali, Spedali Civili- Università degli Studi di Brescia, Piazzale Spedali Civili 1, 20123 Brescia, Italy (ange.pan@tiscali.it)

Abstract

In an Italian hospital, we observed that hand hygiene was performed in 638 (19.6%) of 3,253 opportunities, whereas gloves were worn in 538 (44.2%) 1,218 of opportunities. We observed an inverse correlation between the intensity of care and the rate of hand hygiene compliance (R2=0.057; P<.001), but no such association was observed for the rate of glove use compliance (R2 = 0.014; P = .078). Rates of compliance with hand hygiene and glove use recommendations follow different behavioral patterns.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2007

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