Burnout among nurses reduces hand washing compliance, study shows — 3 insights

Job burnout reduces hand washing compliance among nurses, according to a study in the Journal of Patient Safety.

Here are three things you need to know:

1. In the diary study, 40 registered nurses working in a general city hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece completed a questionnaire. They were monitored for hand hygiene compliance following the World Health Organization protocol for hand hygiene assessment. Burnout was measured using validated items from the Maslach Burnout Inventory, and data was collected from September to October 2015.

2. Controlling for years in practice, burnout was negatively associated with hand hygiene compliance. Nurses who reported higher levels of burnout were less likely to comply with hand hygiene regulations.

3. The study authors note interventions targeting nursing staff burnout are needed because hand hygiene compliance is crucial for the prevention of hospital-acquired infections.

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