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Video improves hand-washing compliance

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Showing a simple video on hand-washing in intensive care units may be a good way to improve hygiene, a study suggests.

Showing a simple video on hand-washing in intensive care units may be a good way to improve hygiene, a study suggests.

Nurse researchers monitored visits by 123 families to a paediatric intensive care unit, before and after they were either shown posters or a short video on hand-washing technique. They found both groups improved hand-washing compliance but the video proved much more effective.

Lead author Li-Chi Chiang, of China Medical University in Taiwan,said: "The video can be shown repeatedly in areas such as intensive care waiting rooms and hospital staff can be trained to reinforce the information in the video when interacting with visitors."

Roger Watson, professor of nursing at Sheffield University, said: "This research identifies a very simple and inexpensive initiative that yielded effective results," he said.

Journal of Clinical Nursing (2007) 16: 1173-1179

Read analysis of NHScompliance with the government's hygiene code in next week's NT.

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