Giving nurses alcohol-based handrub to carry in their pocket increases their use, suggests a Swiss study.
Researchers found compliance increased from 35.3% to 50.6% when rub was available to carry in bottles by hospital staff, as well as at different points at the patient bedside. The study involved 102 members of staff at an 18-bed ICU in a Geneva hospital.
The authors also found that, on average, compliance was higher in the morning than in the afternoon, and nurses were more likely to use the handrub than doctors.
But individual staff workload did not appear to affect the likelihood of handrub use, they said.
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