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O041: Overcoming hand hygiene campaign fatigue by an effective innovation involving the infection control link nurses

Authors
Journal
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
2047-2994
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
2
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DOI: 10.1186/2047-2994-2-s1-o41
Keywords
  • Oral Presentation
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Education

Abstract

O041: Overcoming hand hygiene campaign fatigue by an effective innovation involving the infection control link nurses ORAL PRESENTATION Open Access O041: Overcoming hand hygiene campaign fatigue by an effective innovation involving the infection control link nurses CWY Cheung1*, SK Luk1, WS Yuen1, YY Wong1, SS Lau1, KH Li2, PTY Ching1, WH Seto3 From 2nd International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC 2013) Geneva, Switzerland. 25-28 June 2013 Introduction Hand hygiene was introduced in the 850-bed Hong Kong Baptist Hospital (HKBH), using the promotional techniques recommended by the WHO including a formal kick-off signing ceremony, hospital-wide pos- ters, talks and use of role models. Significant improve- ment in compliance was observed in 2008 from 41% to 58% (p<0.01). Subsequently from 2009 to 2011, it remained below the 55% level in spite of various pro- motional activities. This might be related to campaign fatigue. Objectives To improve hand hygiene compliance with the involve- ment of ICLNs. Methods HKBH has 99 infection control link nurses (ICLNs) in 26 clinical areas and from these focus groups were formed. These identified four key deficiencies and for each a program was implemented to resolve with the help of the ICLNs: 1. Help your doctors for excellence in Hand Hygiene: ICLNs reverse the low compliance amongst doctors, the accompanying nurses would squirt alcohol hand rub for them during ward rounds. 2. Competition for “Speaking Walls” poster: ICLNs helped their own ward to produce self-made posters, as the present reminders were deemed ineffective. It was believed that self-designed posters would have a better effect. 3. Identification locations for Point-of-care hand rubs: ICLNs reported that there were strategic locations without hand rub facilities. 22 such locations were identified. 4. Hand Hygiene education program and daily checklist for health care assistants (HCAs): This was implemented by the ICLNs for the reduction in compli

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