Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2017

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Rodney Lyn

Second Advisor

Dennis Reidy

Abstract

Studies have indicated a concern for the level of hand hygiene compliance throughout hospital facilities. The disturbing levels has caused alarm on whether the lack of hand hygiene practice affects the overall healthcare provided to patients. There is also a growing concern about healthcare workers and patients potentially spreading nosocomial infections through frequent contact with patients. Evidence proves that nosocomial infections are an apparent problem that need immediate attention. Medical officials and healthcare leaders are taking steps to improve the level of hand hygiene compliance and minimizing cases of nosocomial infections by implementing initiatives aimed towards pushing the practice of hand hygiene to the forefront. All healthcare workers that come in contact with patients should view improving hand hygiene and reducing the level of noncompliance as a top priority. Approaches such as ensuring healthcare workers have easy access to hand hygiene materials and resources are a steps toward improving adherence to hand hygiene practice. Nonetheless, there are many other strategies that can contribute to the goal of increasing hand hygiene compliance and decreasing the risk factors related to cross infections. Numerous studies were conducted to measure the effectiveness of different strategies used to reduce the level of noncompliance and promote hand hygiene in healthcare facilities. Many of the interventions conducted succeeded in its attempts to implement hand hygiene as common practice. Several of the studies took different approaches toward implementing hand hygiene practice as standard protocol when in contact with patients. Although different approaches were taken, the main objective for all of them was the same.

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