Focus: Infection Control

Study: Hand-hygiene signs not working in healthcare facilities

May 31, 2019

Images and messages about hand hygiene don't improve adherence to protocols with healthcare professionals, according to an article on the Becker's Clinical Leadership and Infection Control website.

A recent study found that prior to posting hand-hygiene placards, the hospital's hand-hygiene adherence rate was 70 percent. The rate did not change after the intervention.

Researchers placed three types of placards near soap and alcohol-based hand-rub dispensers in two hospital units. 

The placards either had an image of eyes, a message focused on social norms or a control message. 

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