Year of Publication

2014

Season of Publication

Spring

Paper Type

Doctoral Project

College

Brooks College of Health

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Nursing

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. School of Nursing

First Advisor

Dr. W. Patrick Monaghan

Second Advisor

Dr. Gerard T. Hogan

Third Advisor

Dr. Katherine M. Robinson

Department Chair

Dr. Lillia Loriz

College Dean

Dr. Pamela S. Chally

Abstract

Performance of hand hygiene is among the most effective means of preventing healthcare associated infections (HAI) among patients. Deaths resulting from HAIs are one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Any improvement in the frequency of hand hygiene among healthcare professionals may have a direct impact on patient mortality and associated costs. While anesthesia professionals have been found to have low rates of hand hygiene adherence, few targeted studies seeking to improve hand hygiene adherence among this group exist. Studies conducted to improve hand hygiene among health care professionals have reported limited improvement, with overall inconclusive recommendations for improving prolonged hand hygiene adherence rates. The purpose of this project was to improve anesthesia professionals’ hand hygiene through encouragement of performance and education on the current state of research in the area of anesthesia associated HAIs. Hand hygiene rates were evaluated through measuring the amount of hand sanitizer used at eleven anesthesia workstations in the main operating room of a hospital. Measurements were taken at baseline and continued for three months after the educational program was implemented.

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