- An educational intervention study was completed to improve patient hand hygiene opportunities for patients at a large academic medical center.
- After the intervention, it was possible to study the effects of improved patient hand hygiene on health care facility–onset Clostridium difficile infection events.
- C difficile infection events decreased significantly (P ≤ .05) for 6 months after the intervention.
- Patient hand hygiene may be an underused prevention measure for C difficile disease; successful implementation requires staff to engage the patient with opportunities, reminders, and encouragement to keep their hands clean
Full reference: Pokrywka, M. et al. (2017) Can improving patient hand hygiene impact Clostridium difficile infection events at an academic medical center? American Journal of Infection Control. Vol. 45 (Issue 9) pp. 959–963