Lauren Zamborsky
Hand Hygiene Among Healthcare Personnel on H7-1

SchoolNorth Royalton High School


ProgramNursing


MentorDeborah Solomon, MSN


DepartmentUrology/Gynecology


Research
Hand Hygiene Among Healthcare Personnel on H7-1
Hypothesis
Education on hand hygiene will increase compliance among healthcare workers, as will praise and recognition.
Methodology
This observational study was conducted on a Cleveland Clinic urology/gynecology nursing unit. Hand hygiene was measured by using a data collection tool obtained by the quality department at Cleveland Clinic and by observing the compliance of healthcare workers as they entered and exited patient rooms. Baseline data were collected by observing 200 healthcare workers, and then an educational initiative was given to the healthcare staff. After the initiative, data were collected on 200 healthcare workers to measure compliance. Praise and recognition were given to compliant workers by passing out stickers. Afterward, hand hygiene performance and compliance were measured again by observing and collecting data from 200 healthcare workers.
Outcomes
Hand hygiene compliance did improve among healthcare personnel on the nursing unit. There was a greater increase in hand hygiene compliance after the educational initiative than after the praise and recognition. The greatest increase in hand hygiene compliance was among the nurses. Too few doctors were observed to draw a conclusion. Healthcare personnel were more likely to perform hand hygiene after patient contact rather than before patient contact.

Interpretations