Interventions to improve hand hygiene compliance in patient care.

Authors: Gould DJ, Moralejo D, Drey N, Chudleigh JH, Taljaard M.

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD005186. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005186.pub4.

Background

Health care-associated infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Hand hygiene is regarded as an effective preventive measure. This is an update of a previously published review.

Objectives

To assess the short- and long-term success of strategies to improve compliance to recommendations for hand hygiene, and to determine whether an increase in hand hygiene compliance can reduce rates of health care-associated infection.

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