April 15, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Differences in behaviour among healthcare workers with high vs low hygiene compliance

During our time working with hospitals on improving the hand hygiene compliance (HHC) of healthcare workers (HCWs), we often come across the high achievers who appear to succeed in sanitizing according to the guidelines. Most HCWs know when to sanitize, but can underlying behavioural patterns of those high achievers be identified? And can data show us why they remember to sanitize hands when needed? What is it that they are doing differently that enables them to sanitize when needed and thus achieve better compliance than their co-workers?

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March 20, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Discrepancy between hygiene knowledge and behaviour – How we can overcome the barrier?

INTRODUCTION

Every hospital has a set of hand hygiene compliance (HHC) guidelines as set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO)[1] with the objective of reducing hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic use. In this paper, we look at the healthcare workers’ (HCWs) knowledge of the hygiene guidelines gathered by questionnaires and compare these results with actual HHC measurements from an electronic hygiene system (the Sani nudge system)[2].

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