Strategy to engage doctors in preventing healthcare-associated infections

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We undertook a pilot study entitled ‘HAI (pronounced ‘high’ – healthcare associated infection) Time’ which utilised a 30 s ‘HAI Time’ checklist to observe doctors’ hand hygiene on approaching the patient’s bedside and initiate removal of medical devices where appropriate, to reduce the risk of HCAIs” Wilke et al (2017).

Abstract:

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are the most frequent adverse outcome in healthcare settings worldwide [1]. Hand hygiene is the ‘single most important intervention’ to prevent these infections, but compliance rates among doctors remain below national targets [2,3]. We undertook a pilot study entitled ‘HAI (pronounced ‘high’ – healthcare associated infection) Time’ which utilised a 30 s ‘HAI Time’ checklist to observe doctors’ hand hygiene on approaching the patient’s bedside and initiate removal of medical devices where appropriate, to reduce the risk of HCAIs.

Reference:

Wilke, A., Bartolo, C., O’Reilly, M. and Chisholm, P. (2017) ‘Healthcare-associated infection time’: a novel strategy to engage doctors in preventing healthcare-associated infections on every ward round. September 25th. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2017.09.020

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