Southwest Florida hospitals increase hand-hygiene compliance

Turnaround credited to training, surveillance and hand-sanitizer stations in needed areas

July 9, 2014

The rate of hand-hygiene compliance at the Lee Memorial Health System averages 91 percent — up from 70 percent in 2012, according to an article on the News-Press website.

Hospital officials credit the turnaround to training, surveillance and hand- sanitizer stations in needed areas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends healthcare workers wash their hands before and after coming into contact with patients, after contact with surfaces or bodily fluids, before performing invasive procedures and after removing protective gloves.

But experts say it's common for hospital workers to forget to wash every single time, especially if they are busy and sanitizer is hard to find during emergencies, the article said.

Part of the challenge is changing the culture of healthcare settings. Ideally, it should be one in which a member of the cleaning staff has no problem challenging experienced medical staffers when they aren't following hygiene rules. but that's not always the case, the article said.

Read the article.


See the latest posts on our homepage Share

Topic Area: Safety

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

6 Ways to Get Occupants and Visitors to Take the Stairs

A stairway campaign can encourage people to add more physical activity into their days.


DIGroup Architecture and Urban Health Plan Open Seventh Federally Qualified Health Center

The center aims to bring quality healthcare to underserved communities.


Healthcare Construction Continues to Show Strong Momentum 

Growth in outpatient services demand is driving competition and creating demand for medical office buildings.


Interior Design with Caregivers in Mind

More healthcare facilities are establishing spaces for caregivers that offer comfort, privacy and an opportunity to rest and recharge.


Designing Behavioral Health Facilities With Patients in Mind

Effective design decisions enhance client well-being and improve outcomes by providing the most effective conditions for healing.



News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

You Might Like