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Does hand hygiene technique matter?

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Bailey J (2012) From Ward to Whitehall. The disaster at Mid Staffs Hospital. Cure the NHS: Stafford

 

Describing care at Mid Staffordshire Hospital Julie Bailey saw posters about hand hygiene on wards but nurses did not actually wash their hands.

Is too much emphasis placed on teaching hand hygiene technique rather than reinforcing the moments when hand hygiene should take place? What do you think?

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  • I think it's sad that we still need to discuss hand hygiene. We may not be effectively teaching it if we need to reinforce it so much! In the US a recent study showed 11-22% hand hygiene compliance in clinics! This is dismal and very disappointing. So we need to do more of both. . .teaching and reinforcing and calling people out when they are not safe. Kim Amer PhD, RN author of Quality and Safety for Transformational Nursing by Pearson

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  • I agree with Kim. For some strange reason, every time there is a problem, people automatically look at 'education' and think there is a knowledge problem. It is most likely NOT a knowledge problem in so many cases, especially this one. The problems are attitudes and behaviors. We also do too much 'spoon-feeding.' We TELL learners WHY they need to pay attention to a behavior, instead of having them tell US why their behavior matters. And we need to listen to their obstackes. What prevents them from doing the right thing?

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  • Anonymous

    I agree with Kim;our hands are routes to all evil. They say charity and good behavior begins from home and good up bringing.If we grow up without good manners every thing else follows with bad manners so would hand hygiene.

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  • Anonymous

    There is a 'technique' to good hand washing that has been taught for years - it is not rocket science to know that you need to wash your hands. Patients also need to wash their hands.

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  • Whenever I enter a ward I always use the little alcohol dispensers to wash my hands.

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