Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Outpatient Facility Hand Hygiene Needs Improvement

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Outpatient Facility Hand Hygiene Needs Improvement

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Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff observed at several outpatient care facilities in one state failed to follow hand-hygiene policies 37 percent of the time, a rate still higher than for all health care workers.

Researchers from the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Health Department conducted a cross-sectional study of 15 outpatient facilities in the same state. Medical students assessed hand-hygiene practices of physicians and other clinical staff during the summer of 2014.

Medical student interviews with outpatient facility staff indicated that 93 percent of policies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were in place across the 15 New Mexico facilities in the study.

Students observed 63 percent compliance with recommended hand-hygiene practices and 66 percent compliance with safe-injection practices. In 37 percent of hand-hygiene observations, workers failed to comply with hand-washing policies.

"Although not 100 percent, hand hygiene rates in our outpatient facilities surpass average hand-washing rates overall," says James Cheek, M.D., MPH, a lead author of the study who teaches in the public health program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. …

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