11 Barriers to Hand Hygiene Compliance
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Of 123 healthcare workers in a Thai hospital, compliance with the World Health Organization's "five moments" of hand hygiene was 23.2 percent by direct observation and 82.4 percent by self report. In a survey, the participants identified 11 barriers to compliance:
• I hurry/emergent patient conditions — 45.5 percent
• I don't see any dirt/I think it's not dirty — 24.4 percent
• I forget — 19.5 percent
• I'm busy/too many patients — 15.4 percent
• It is inconvenient — 13.8 percent
• I don't care — 8.1 percent
• I'm lazy — 5.7 percent
• I wear gloves/no direct contact with patients — 4.9 percent
• There are adverse effects of soap/cleanser — 4.9 percent
• It wastes time — 4.1 percent
• My hands are clean — 2.4 percent
These reasons may help guide future hand hygiene interventions, according to the study.
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