Every Drop Counts: Positive Reinforcement in Increasing Hand Hygiene

Every Drop Counts: Positive Reinforcement in Increasing Hand Hygiene
Research paper
Description: 

Hand hygiene compliance has shown to be low in both the healthcare and public setting. This study evaluates the rates of hand hygiene compliance of a regular hand sanitizer dispenser to one with a positive reinforcement visual usage count. Each machine was individually observed for cafeteria visitor's hand hygiene usage or refusal. Observation found that 7.4% accepted hand sanitizer from the regular dispenser, while 16.0% accepted hand sanitizer from the positive reinforcement dispenser. The hand sanitizer dispenser with a positive reinforcement visual count received significantly higher usage (p<0.001). Findings were discussed in light of healthcare-associated infections and infectious disease spread.

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WHDL ID: 
WHDL-00018704
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