Hand hygiene (HH) is the most important infection control intervention that has proved to decrease the risk of hospital-acquired infections in medical care [Jarvis WR, Lancet 344(8933):1311–1312, 1994]. However, ensuring consistent adequate HH in healthcare institutions remains a challenge in many healthcare settings. The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the SAVE LIVES program targeting HH through a multimodal implementation strategy to improve HH compliance worldwide [Pittet D et al., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 30(7):611–622, 2009]. To be successfully implemented, the program needs (1) specific environmental requirements within healthcare institutions, (2) available HH products, (3) establishment of educational programs, (4) creation of tools to assess healthcare worker (HCW) behavioral changes, and (5) managerial empowerment and support of institutional administrations. This review will discuss the HH strategies that have been implemented so far in some developing countries, their implication on healthcare institutions, and the most important challenges encountered in different settings and cultural backgrounds. Of particular importance is the education to improve knowledge and the continuous assessment of behavioral changes. In addition, program leadership and financial support are very important determinant features for successful HH implementation.
Current Treatment Options in Infectious Diseases – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 24, 2018
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera