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Hand Hygiene in Long-Term Care Facilities A Multicenter Study of Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Barriers

  • Muhammad Salman Ashraf (a1), Syed Wasif Hussain (a2), Nimit Agarwal (a3), Sadaf Ashraf (a4), Gabriel EL-Kass (a1), Roshan Hussain (a5), Hashim Nemat (a6), Nairmeen Haller (a7), Renee Pekmezaris (a8), Cristina Sison (a9), Rajni Walia (a8), Ann Eichorn (a5), Charles Cal (a5), Yosef Dlugacz (a5), Barbara T. Edwards (a10), Betina Louis (a1), Gloria Alano (a1) and Gisele Wolf-Klein (a1) (a11)...

An anonymous survey of 1143 employees in 17 nursing facilities assessed knowledge of, attitudes about, self-perceived compliance with, and barriers to implementing the 2002 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hand hygiene guidelines. Overall, employees reported positive attitudes toward the guidelines but differed with regard to knowledge, compliance, and perceived barriers. These findings provide guidance for practice improvement programs in long-term care settings.

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Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, 270-05 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040 (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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