Study: Hand Hygiene Compliance Not Associated With Workload

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Staff workload was not associated with hand hygiene compliance in a hematology ward at University Hospital Basel in Switzerland, according to a study in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

Researchers examined the relationship between workload and the number of hand hygiene events in a hospital. From March 2012 through February 2013, the number of hand hygiene events per patient day was associated with staff time and nursing effort. However, there was no correlation between hand hygiene events and workload. In fact, during the weekday the number of hand hygiene events tended toward a negative correlation, according to the study.

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