Group B Streptococcus: Compliance with the information in prenatal card records and knowledge of pregnant women.

This study aimed to determine the rate of compliance on prenatal cards and the women’s knowledge and feelings regarding Group B Streptococcus (GBS) screening in a maternity ward in São Paulo City, Brazil. Structured interviews and a review of prenatal card records of 391 women were performed. The GBS screening was not recorded in more than half of prenatal cards (51.4%, n = 201); 169 women reported no knowledge or not remembering the GBS screening.

Reference: Group B Streptococcus: Compliance with the information in prenatal card records and knowledge of pregnant women. de Mello DS, Tsunechiro MA, Mendelski CA, et al Am J Infect Control. 2015 Feb 18.

Motivation and environmental perceptions influence hand hygiene

Motivation and perceptions of the working environment influence the extent to which healthcare workers comply with hand hygiene guidelines. Interventions to educate, change behaviour and empower staff may be useful. Reviewers from Ireland examined qualitative literature about healthcare workers’ compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. Factors that workers said contributed to the level of compliance included motivational factors and perceptions of the work environment. Motivational factors could be influenced by behaviour change interventions. The way in which staff perceive their work environment may be influenced by empowerment and culture change.

Reference: Smiddy MP, O’Connell R, Creedon SA. Systematic qualitative literature review of health care workers’ compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. American Journal of Infection Control. 2015 Mar;43(3):269-274