September 5, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Direct Observation: the harm of invalid data

Fool’s gold: something that you think will be very pleasant or successful but is not. Direct observation is no longer the gold standard in hand hygiene performance monitoring. Instead, it rather is the “Fool’s Gold” standard.

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September 3, 2018Comments are off for this post.

The pilot study – how a hospital improved hand hygiene by 134%

Hospitals that monitor their hand hygiene use direct observations. But as we stipulated in our post about the resemblance between "Fools gold" and the gold standard of hand hygiene monitoring, direct observation is not considered a credible source of information anymore. It is not uncommon for hospitals to report compliance scores above 90% for several years in a row.

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January 17, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Have you been in the patient zone?

The patient care situations that involve a risk of infection are closely linked to the surroundings of the respective patient. To disinfect the hands at the right moment, it is therefore important to recognize the different zones within the patient surroundings, which are outlined in the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene by the WHO.


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