Patient Surveillance Helps Health Care Hand Washing
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Patient monitoring of health care workers' hand washing can increase the likelihood of this practice. In an 11-month pilot study at the Family Practice Health Center at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, health care providers were monitored by their patients for hand hygiene habits. The patients recorded the actions and the health care providers were aware of this surveillance. Almost 97% of workers washed their hands prior to direct contact with patients; 58% said that the study changed their hand hygiene practices, and 88% were more motivated to wash because of the patient observation. Thirty-three percent of health care workers also reported that they had more conversations with patients about infection prevention and control.
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