Improving Adherence to Hand Hygiene Practice: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Didier Pittet, University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland.


Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2001;7(2) 

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Perceived Barriers to Hand Hygiene

Several barriers to appropriate hand hygiene have been reported[9,14,24,44,45,46,47]. Reasons reported by health-care workers for the lack of adherence with recommendations include skin irritation, inaccessible supplies, interference with worker-patient relation, patient needs perceived as priority, wearing gloves, forgetfulness, ignorance of guidelines, insufficient time, high workload and understaffing, and lack of scientific information demonstrating impact of improved hand hygiene on hospital infection rates.


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