Interventions to Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance in Patient Care
Description of Resource:
This systematic review sought to identify strategies to improve health care workers' compliance with recommendations for hand hygiene: hand washing with soap and water, or using alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR), or both. It identified 26 trials. Six studies assessed different types of performance feedback, 2 studies evaluated education, 3 studies evaluated cues such as signs or scent, and 1 study assessed placement of ABHR. All of these strategies may slightly improve hand hygiene compliance. Multimodal strategies that include some but not all strategies may slightly improve hand hygiene compliance and slightly reduce infection rates.