TITLE

Impact of Ring Wearing on Hand Contamination and Comparison of Hand Hygiene Agents in a Hospital

AUTHOR(S)
Trick, William E.; Vernon, Michael O.; Hayes, Robert A.; Nathan, Catherine; Rice, Thomas W.; Peterson, Brian J.; Segreti, John; Welbel, Sharon F.; Solomon, Steven L.; Weinstein, Robert A.
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Clinical Infectious Diseases;6/1/2003, Vol. 36 Issue 11, p1383
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We determined risk factors for hand contamination and compared the efficacy of 3 randomly allocated hand hygiene agents in a group of surgical intensive care unit nurses. We cultured samples of one of the subjects' hands before and samples of the other hand after hand hygiene was performed. Ring wearing was associated with 10-fold higher median skin organism counts; contamination with Staphylococcus aureus, gram-negative bacilli, or Candida species; and a stepwise increased risk of contamination with any transient organism as the number of rings worn increased (odds ratio [OR] for 1 ring worn, 2.6; OR for >1 ring worn, 4.6). Compared with use of plain soap and water, hand contamination with any transient organism was significantly less likely after use of an alcohol-based hand rub (OR, 0.3; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.1-0.8) but not after use of a medicated hand wipe (OR, 0.9; 95% CI, 0.5-1.6). Ring wearing increased the frequency of hand contamination with potential nosocomial pathogens. Use of an alcohol-based hand rub resulted in significantly less frequent hand contamination.
ACCESSION #
10030012

 

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