5 must-know research studies on hand hygiene in 2018

Here are five studies published in 2018 covering topics related to hand hygiene.

1. How valid is data from hand hygiene compliance measurement by observation? Research published in the American Journal of Infection Control studied the validity of hand hygiene compliance measurements by observation.

2. Can electronic monitoring systems improve hand hygiene? Research published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined how an electronic monitoring system can affect hand hygiene behaviors of healthcare workers.The monitoring systems recorded 76,130 hand washing opportunities, with a total hand hygiene performance of 67.43 percent.

3. Why is It so hard to wash our hands? Research published in the American Journal of Infection Control detailed the challenges of upholding hand hygiene standards, and how to reconstruct programs to improve compliance.

4. How well do clinicians wash their hands when they're not being watched? Research published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined how the Hawthorne effect, or a change in behavior due to being observed, affects hand hygiene compliance rates.

5. Machine learning can improve hand hygiene performance in the outpatient setting, spark savings. Machine learning technology with real-time hand hygiene notification could be a cost-effective way to improve hand hygiene in outpatient settings, according to a study in the Journal of Hospital Infection.

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