Reviewing Hand Hygiene Practices in Australia

20 May 2014 | Infection Prevention & Control

This article, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, discusses the culture change needed to reduce hospital infection rates.

Based on research conducted in Australia, the latest hand hygiene audit data shows that the average compliance rates of doctors and nurses were 66 percent and 83 percent respectively. While infection prevention rates are improving, reducing the rates further requires professional culture change.

The article suggest that more collaborative, inclusive approaches to preventing infection, based on better understanding of the psychological, social, cultural and professional factors that contribute to poor compliance with patient safety programs in general, are needed.

Read the full article by clicking the link below.

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