Effect of a hand sanitizer dispenser on the frequency of hand hygiene compliance

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“Forty anesthesia providers were evaluated with and without hand sanitizer dispensers present on the anesthesia machine. Having a dispenser increased the frequency of hand hygiene only from 0.5 to 0.8 events per hour (P = .01).” Munoz-Price et al (2014).

Reference:

Munoz-Price, L.S., Patel, Z., Banks, S., Arheart, K., Eber, S., Lubarsky, D.A. and Birnbach, D.J. (2014) Randomized Crossover Study Evaluating the Effect of a Hand Sanitizer Dispenser on the Frequency of Hand Hygiene among Anesthesiology Staff in the Operating Room. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. April 22nd. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Forty anesthesia providers were evaluated with and without hand sanitizer dispensers present on the anesthesia machine. Having a dispenser increased the frequency of hand hygiene only from 0.5 to 0.8 events per hour (P = .01). Other concomitant interventions are needed to further increase hand hygiene frequency among anesthesia providers.

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