Auditing hand hygiene practice

Gould, Dinah
September 2010
Nursing Standard;9/15/2010, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p50
Trade Publication
Hand hygiene is regarded as the most effective way of preventing healthcare-associated infections. Thus hand hygiene audits are frequently undertaken by infection prevention and control teams. Although apparently straightforward, hand hygiene audit requires careful planning and conduct. Healthcare professionals need to understand the principles that underpin effective hand hygiene audit to improve their own practice and help patients, carers and the public to interpret the findings.


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