Nov 18, 2008

Perceptions of hand hygiene practices in China

The Journal of Hospital Infection
C T YuanE H Bradley


Hand hygiene is considered one of the most important infection control measures for preventing healthcare-associated infections. However, compliance rates with recommended hand hygiene practices in hospitals remain low. Previous literature on ways to improve hand hygiene practices has focused on the USA and Europe, whereas studies from developing countries are less common. In this study, we sought to identify common issues and potential strategies for improving hand hygiene practices in hospitals in China. We used a qualitative survey design based on in-depth interviews with 25 key hospital and public health staff in eight hospitals selected by the Chinese Ministry of Health. We found that hospital workers viewed hand hygiene as paramount to effective infection control and had adequate knowledge about proper hand hygiene practices. Despite these positive attitudes and adequate knowledge, critical challenges to improving rates of proper hand hygiene practices were identified. These included lack of needed resources, limited organisational authority of hospital infection control departments, and ineffective use of data monitoring and feedback to motivate improvements. Our study suggests that a pivotal issue for improving hand hyg...Continue Reading

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SARS2 gene
Hand Proper
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
Infectious Disease Prevention/Control
Oral History as Topic
SARS gene
SARS coronavirus
General Practice (Field)
Bacterial Count Measurement

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