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Effectiveness of an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system on healthcare workers' compliance to guidelines

J.M. Al Salman, S. Hani, Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin and Sister Fatima Isa

Article (2015)

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Hand hygiene is a growing concern among populations and is a crucial element in ensuring patient safety in a healthcare environment. Numerous management efforts have been conducted in that regard, including education, awareness and observations. To better evaluate the possible impact of technology on a healthcare setting, we observed the impact of a particular niche technology developed as an answer to the growing hand hygiene concerns. A study was conducted at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) in Bahrain on a total of 16 Coronary Care Unit (CCU) beds where the system was installed, and the hand hygiene activity of healthcare workers (HCWs) in this area was monitored for a total period of 28 days. Comments, remarks and suggestions were noted, and improvements were made to the technology during the course of the trial. While resistance to change was significant, overall results were satisfactory. Compliance with hand hygiene techniques went from 38-42% to 60% at the beginning of the trial and then increased to an average of 75% at the end of the 28-day trial. In some cases, compliance peaked at 85% or even at 100%. Our case study demonstrates that technology can be used effectively in promoting and improving hand hygiene compliance in hospitals, which is one way to prevent cross-infections, especially in critical care areas.

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Hand hygiene compliance; Healthcare technology; Resistance to change

Subjects: 1600 Industrial engineering > 1600 Industrial engineering
6400 Life sciences research related to human health and disease > 6400 Life sciences research related to human health and disease
9000 Health sciences > 9000 Health sciences
Department: Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Research Center: CIRANO - Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/3616/
Journal Title: Journal of Infection and Public Health (vol. 8, no. 2)
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI: 10.1016/j.jiph.2014.07.019
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2014.07.019
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2019 14:27
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2024 01:43
Cite in APA 7: Al Salman, J.M., Hani, S., De Marcellis-Warin, N., & Isa, S. F. (2015). Effectiveness of an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system on healthcare workers' compliance to guidelines. Journal of Infection and Public Health, 8(2), 117-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2014.07.019

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