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Alcohol-based handrub and glove use in an icu

Olsson, Therese and Svärd, Johanna (2010)
Department of Health Sciences
Abstract
Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the compliance to Swedish guidelines in alcohol-based handrub (ABH) and glove use in healthcare workers (HCWs) caring for intensive care patients. It further aimed to compare the compliance of ABH and glove use between different groups of HCWs as well as between different types of intensive care procedures.Background: Nosocomial infections are a worldwide problem and are existing in both developed and developing countries. The most common source for transmitting nosocomial infections are the hands of HCWs. Studies carried out in intensive care units (ICU) show low compliance to hand hygiene. Design: To describe the compliance to Swedish guidelines in ABH and glove use in HCWs, a structured... (More)
Aim: The aim of this study was to describe the compliance to Swedish guidelines in alcohol-based handrub (ABH) and glove use in healthcare workers (HCWs) caring for intensive care patients. It further aimed to compare the compliance of ABH and glove use between different groups of HCWs as well as between different types of intensive care procedures.Background: Nosocomial infections are a worldwide problem and are existing in both developed and developing countries. The most common source for transmitting nosocomial infections are the hands of HCWs. Studies carried out in intensive care units (ICU) show low compliance to hand hygiene. Design: To describe the compliance to Swedish guidelines in ABH and glove use in HCWs, a structured observational study were conducted. Methods: This observational study was carried out in a general ICU at a university hospital in the south of Sweden in 2009. Data were gathered in 40 hours of observation. In a structured observational protocol the observers registered the opportunities for performing ABH and glove use according to the Swedish guidelines.Results: In 543 opportunities of performing ABH and glove use, 2% were performed according to the Swedish guidelines. There was a 17% compliance to ABH before contact and after contact 32%. Clean gloves were used in 55% (excluding patient data management system –PDMS) of the opportunities. Conclusions: This study showed an extremely low compliance (2%) to Swedish guidelines in using ABH and gloves.Relevance to clinical practice: Our study can contribute to a better awareness about the low compliance of ABH and glove use in Swedish and worldwide ICUs. (Less)
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Olsson, Therese and Svärd, Johanna
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Compliance to Swedish guidelines.
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
compliance, hand hygiene, alcohol-based handrub, glove use, healthcare workers, intensive care unit
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English
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2532024
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2012-05-04 14:25:36
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  abstract     = {Aim:  The aim of this study was to describe the compliance to Swedish guidelines in alcohol-based handrub (ABH) and glove use in healthcare workers (HCWs) caring for intensive care patients. It further aimed to compare the compliance of ABH and glove use between different groups of HCWs as well as between different types of intensive care procedures.Background:  Nosocomial infections are a worldwide problem and are existing in both developed and developing countries. The most common source for transmitting nosocomial infections are the hands of HCWs. Studies carried out in intensive care units (ICU) show low compliance to hand hygiene. Design:  To describe the compliance to Swedish guidelines in ABH and glove use in HCWs, a structured observational study were conducted. Methods:  This observational study was carried out in a general ICU at a university hospital in the south of Sweden in 2009. Data were gathered in 40 hours of observation. In a structured observational protocol the observers registered the opportunities for performing ABH and glove use according to the Swedish guidelines.Results:  In 543 opportunities of performing ABH and glove use, 2% were performed according to the Swedish guidelines. There was a 17% compliance to ABH before contact and after contact 32%. Clean gloves were used in 55% (excluding patient data management system –PDMS) of the opportunities. Conclusions: This study showed an extremely low compliance (2%) to Swedish guidelines in using ABH and gloves.Relevance to clinical practice: Our study can contribute to a better awareness about the low compliance of ABH and glove use in Swedish and worldwide ICUs.},
  author       = {Olsson, Therese and Svärd, Johanna},
  keyword      = {compliance, hand hygiene, alcohol-based handrub, glove use, healthcare workers, intensive care unit},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Alcohol-based handrub and glove use in an icu},
  year         = {2010},
}