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Hand hygiene adherence in relation to influenza season during 6 consecutive years

Rosamaria Fulchini, Philipp Kohler, Christian R. Kahlert, Werner Albrich, Rolf Kuhn, Matthias Hoffmann & Matthias Schlegel

abstract Hand hygiene (HH) is the single most important measure in reducing the burden of healthcare-acquired infections. Based on 12,740 HH opportunities observed during 6 consecutive years at our tertiary care center, HH adherence among healthcare workers (HCWs) was significantly better during influenza season compared to non-influenza periods, after controlling for important covariables (odds ratio = 1.17, 95% confidence interval 1.05-1.30). This finding suggests that HH awareness is increased during influenza periods, which could have implications for HCW education.
   
citation Fulchini R, Kohler P, Kahlert C R, Albrich W, Kuhn R, Hoffmann M, Schlegel M. Hand hygiene adherence in relation to influenza season during 6 consecutive years. Am J Infect Control 2018;.
   
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 18-05-2018
journal title Am J Infect Control
ISSN electronic 1527-3296
PubMed 29784445
DOI 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.04.203