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Observing and Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance Implementation and Refinement of an Electronic-Assisted Direct-Observer Hand Hygiene Audit Program

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Luke F. Chen*
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Charlene Carriker
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Russell Staheli
Affiliation:
Performance Services, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina
Pamela Isaacs
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Brandon Elliott
Affiliation:
Performance Services, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina
Becky A. Miller
Affiliation:
Northshore University Health System, Chicago, Illinois
Deverick J. Anderson
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Rebekah W. Moehring
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Sheila Vereen
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Judie Bringhurst
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Lisa Rhodes
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Nancy Strittholt
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Daniel J. Sexton
Affiliation:
Duke Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Prevention Epicenter Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
*
2100 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710 (luke.chen@duke.edu)

Abstract

We implemented a direct-observer hand hygiene audit program that used trained observers, wireless data entry devices, and an intranet portal. We improved the reliability and utility of the data by standardizing audit processes, regularly retraining auditors, developing an audit guidance tool, and reporting weighted composite hand hygiene compliance scores.

Type
Concise Communication
Copyright
Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 2013 

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