Hand hygiene in long-term care facilities: A multicenter study of knowledge, attitudes, practices, and barriers

Muhammad Salman Ashraf, Syed Wasif Hussain, Nimit Agarwal, Sadaf Ashraf, Gabriel EL-Kass, Roshan Hussain, Hashim Nemat, Nairmeen Haller, Renee Pekmezaris, Cristina Sison, Rajni Walia, Ann Eichorn, Charles Cal, Yosef Dlugacz, Barbara T. Edwards, Betina Louis, Gloria Alano, Gisele Wolf-Klein

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Abstract

An anonymous survey of 1143 employees in 17 nursing facilities assessed knowledge of, attitudes about, self-perceived compliance with, and barriers to implementing the 2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hand hygiene guidelines. Overall, employees reported positive attitudes toward the guidelines but differed with regard to knowledge, compliance, and perceived barriers. These findings provide guidance for practice improvement programs in longterm care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)758-762
Number of pages5
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Ashraf, M. S., Hussain, S. W., Agarwal, N., Ashraf, S., EL-Kass, G., Hussain, R., Nemat, H., Haller, N., Pekmezaris, R., Sison, C., Walia, R., Eichorn, A., Cal, C., Dlugacz, Y., Edwards, B. T., Louis, B., Alano, G., & Wolf-Klein, G. (2010). Hand hygiene in long-term care facilities: A multicenter study of knowledge, attitudes, practices, and barriers. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 31(7), 758-762. https://doi.org/10.1086/653821