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Type: Journal article
Title: The effectiveness of a promotion programme on hand hygiene compliance and nosocomial infections in a neonatal intensive care unit
Author: Picheansathian, W.
Pearson, A.
Suchaxaya, P.
Citation: International Journal of Nursing Practice, 2008; 14(4):315-321
Publisher: Blackwell Science Asia Pty Ltd
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1322-7114
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Wilawan Picheansathian, Alan Pearson, Prakin Suchaxaya
Abstract: This quasi-experimental study aimed to identify the impact of a promotion programme on hand hygiene practices and its effect on nosocomial infection rates in a neonatal intensive care unit of a university hospital in Thailand. The study populations were 26 nursing personnel. After implementing a hand hygiene promotion programme, compliance with hand hygiene among nursing personnel improved significantly from 6.3% before the programme to 81.2% 7 months after the programme. Compliance rate did not correlate with the intensity of patient care. Nosocomial infection rate did not decrease after the intervention, probably because of the multifactorial nature of infections. All participants agreed that promotion programme implemented in this project motivated them to practise better hand hygiene. This study indicated that multiple approaches and persistent encouragement are key factors leading to a sustained high level of appropriate hand hygiene practices among nursing personnel.
Keywords: Humans
Cross Infection
Risk Assessment
Chi-Square Distribution
Program Evaluation
Attitude of Health Personnel
Emergency Nursing
Inservice Training
Middle Aged
Infant, Newborn
Intensive Care Units, Neonatal
Health Promotion
Infectious Disease Transmission, Professional-to-Patient
Hand Disinfection
Description: The definitive version may be found at
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2008.00699.x
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