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Predictors of Hand Hygiene in the Emergency Department

  • Arjun K. Venkatesh (a1), Daniel J. Pallin (a2) (a3), Stephanie Kayden (a2) and Jeremiah D. Schuur (a2)

We conducted an observational study to identify predictors of hand hygiene (HH) in the emergency department. Compliance with HH was 89.7% over 5,865 opportunities. Observation unit, hallway or high-visibility location, glove use, and worker type predicted worse HH. Hallway location was the strongest predictor (relative risk, 88.9% [95% confidence interval, 85.9%–92.1%]).

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Neville House, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115 (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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