Navigation Links
Nearly 97 percent of health professionals wash their hands when patients are asked to watch: Study
Date:3/31/2014

TORONTO, ON, March 31, 2014 -- Improving hand hygiene compliance by healthcare professionals is no easy task, but a first-of-its-kind Canadian study by researchers at Women's College Hospital shows simply asking patients to audit their healthcare professional is yielding high marks.

The study, published in the April edition of the American Journal of Infection Control, details the findings of an 11-month pilot project looking at an alternative method of hand hygiene auditing using the patient-as-observer approach. In this method, patients observe and record hand hygiene compliance of their healthcare providers via a survey distributed before their interaction with their healthcare provider. It is believed Women's College Hospital is the first Canadian outpatient hospital using this method.

"Involving patients as the monitors of their healthcare providers' hand hygiene seems like an obvious, simple choice, and yet, most hospitals in Canada don't use this method; many opt for the often costly and time consuming alternatives such as having their colleagues monitor and audit," said Jessica Ng, one of the leading authors of the study and manager of infection prevention and control at Women's College Hospital.

In the pilot project, patients were asked to voluntarily observe the hand hygiene practices of their healthcare providers during their visit and record their findings anonymously on a survey card given to them by a hospital volunteer. They cards were returned back to the volunteer on their way out. Physicians, residents and staff were aware of the pilot through staff meetings, fact sheet distribution, and monthly progress meetings and reports.

"We not only gathered the healthcare provider hand hygiene compliance data through patient observers, but also encouraged and empowered patients to be more engaged in their care by directly involving them in auditing," said Ng.

The pilot project, conducted between August 2012 and June 2013 at Women's College Hospital's Family Practice Health Centre, one of Ontario's largest clinics with an estimated 54,000 patient visits annually, was adapted and customized from a method used at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The authors found that:

Based on patient observations, the overall hand hygiene compliance rate by healthcare providers before direct contact with their patients was 96.8 per cent

  • As part of the evaluation, the patient-as-observer approach was validated by trained nurses. Patient and nurse hand hygiene auditing data matched 86.7 per cent of the time, suggesting that patients were generally able to accurately observe health care providers' hand hygiene practices
  • Patients engagement was high, resulting in more than 75.1 per cent survey card return rate

A survey of the healthcare providers conducted after the pilot indicated that:

  • 58 per cent of providers experienced a change in their hand hygiene practices and 88 per cent reported being more motivated to perform hand hygiene knowing their patients were observing
  • 33 of providers reported increased conversations with patients about infection protection and control, increasing patient education and patient engagement in their own healthcare

The authors felt that the pilot project was so successful that it is now being implemented in other areas of the hospital.

"The patient-as-observer approach is a practical, accurate and cost-saving alternative to the time and resource-intensive direct observations by a paid hospital employee," said Dr. Michael Gardam, director of infection prevention and control at Women's College Hospital and senior author of the study. "It's a promising tool for championing patient safety and quality improvement, because it supports education, engagement and empowerment of patients to play a more active role in their own healthcare," said Gardam.


'/>"/>

Contact: Magda Stec
magda.stec@wchospital.ca
416-323-6400 x3210
Women's College Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Food allergy nearly doubles among black children
2. SpeedRFP Use Grows 70 Percent in 2013, With Nearly 50,000 Unique Event RFPs Submitted During the Year
3. DocsInk.com Secures Nearly $1,000,000 in Series A Round to Power Healthcare Communication
4. Are you listening? Kids ear infections cost health care system nearly $3 billion a year
5. Nearly 900 Cases Now Pending in Federal Biomet Hip Lawsuit Litigation; Federal Judge Sets Deadlines for Bellwether Trial Selection, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
6. Stryker Hip Injury Claims Number Nearly 400 in Federal Court, Rottenstein Law Group LLP Reports
7. DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Claims Mount, as Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Nearly 6,000 Filings in Federal Pinnacle Hip Litigation
8. Wright Hip Lawsuits News: Nearly 80 Lawsuits Consolidated in Federal Court, Rottenstein Law Group LLP Reports
9. PricingHealthcare.com Releases "Self-Pay" Prices for Common Procedures at Nearly 400 California Hospitals
10. Fresenius Leads with nearly 50% of the Growing U.S. Dialysis Devices and Concentrates Market, Reports iData Research
11. M3 Launches PDR® Powered by MDLinx, Extends Reach to Nearly 600,000 Physicians in U.S.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Talented host, actor Rob Lowe, is introducing a segment ... of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational program broadcasted on PBS Member ... with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve in the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On ... Christian identity. “America On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William ... several great-grandchildren. As a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... LA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet ... in the U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, ... occupy the former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the 2017 Morris F. ... AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual Symposium is taking place ... the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to an individual whose ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ANGELES (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Parsa Mohebi Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly ... on cosmetictown.com. Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader ... and immune-engineering today announced the launch of EpiVax ... of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided ... access to enabling technologies to the new precision ... lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... 2017   ZirMed Inc ., a recognized leader in ... it has been ranked #1 by its users for the ... 2017 User Survey. ZirMed was recognized as the top-ranked end-to-end ... medical centers over 200 beds and holds one of the ... survey history. ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... , Sept. 12, 2017  Consumer reviews on the independent review ... as the number one company for hearing aids, ranking it higher ... other brands. ... Named #1 by Consumers For Hearing Aids ... Embrace Hearing is an online store that provides high performance, state-of-the-art, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: