Alcohol-Based Hand Rubs vs Handwashing Essay

2308 Words10 Pages
Language and Communication: Research
Dianne Pacifico
QBT1: Task 4 - Revisions
January 28, 2013
Western Governors University

* Alcohol-Based Hand Rubs versus Handwashing Efficacy * Hand hygiene has been the foundation of preventing nosocomial infections throughout the hospital. It has been taught for several generations that hand hygiene is effectively accomplish through the use of handwashing with soap and water. Unfortunately, studies have shown that handwashing practices have fallen out, which have led to a noticeably low compliance rate with health care workers. This in turn has led to an increase of nosocomial infections, and has had a negative impact on improving the health of patients who rely on physicians,
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After, their hands were cultured for Staphylococcus aureus, gram-negative bacilli (GNB), Candida, and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Like similar studies conducted, the healthcare workers reported insufficient time, and skin irritation was a barrier to compliance with hand hygiene. After Bradley et al. (2003) introduced the alcohol-based hand rub to the healthcare workers, it well was accepted and tolerated, leading to a significant increase in frequency in hand hygiene. Skin irritation was a common answer as to why healthcare workers did not adhere to the hand hygiene practices in the hospitals. This led to an increase in nosocomial infections, and sicker patients. A study conducted by Hugonnet, Perneger, & Pittet (2002) recognized the complaints of their participants and introduced an alcohol-hand rub with an emollient, which had a better lubricating effect on their hands. Also, Hugonnet et al. (2002) distributed individual alcohol-based hand rubs in convenient bottles. The bottles were designed with an easy to open flip top that could be opened with one finger, and decreased the chances of contamination. Also, the patient beds that participated with the study were given a clip to hang at bedside
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