Hand hygiene compliance among the nursing staff in freestanding nursing homes in Taiwan: A preliminary study

Wen I. Liu, Shu Yuan Liang, Shu Fang Vivienne Wu, Yeu Hui Chuang

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the hand hygiene compliance among the nursing staff in Taiwanese freestanding nursing homes. A descriptive observational research design was used. A total of 782 opportunities for hand hygiene were observed by one trained research assistant in two freestanding nursing homes. The hand-hygiene observation tool was used to assess hand hygiene practice. The overall hand hygiene compliance among nursing staff in nursing homes was only 11.3%. Results further showed that the compliance was greater after contact with body fluids (odds ratio=6.9, confidence interval (CI)=3.75-9.88, P=0.000) and lower before the performance of aseptic procedures (odds ratio=0.15, CI=0.04-0.63, P=0.003) when compared with other activities. Hand hygiene compliance was relatively low among the nursing staff in freestanding nursing homes in Taiwan. To comprehensively analyze this issue, further research involving a larger number of nursing homes and strategies to improve compliance with hand hygiene among the nursing staff at these institutions is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-52
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014

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Hand Hygiene
Nursing Staff
Nursing Homes
Taiwan
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Body Fluids
Research
Compliance
Research Design
Observation

Keywords

  • Compliance
  • Handwashing
  • Nurses
  • Nurses' aides
  • Nursing homes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Hand hygiene compliance among the nursing staff in freestanding nursing homes in Taiwan : A preliminary study. / Liu, Wen I.; Liang, Shu Yuan; Wu, Shu Fang Vivienne; Chuang, Yeu Hui.

In: International Journal of Nursing Practice, Vol. 20, No. 1, 02.2014, p. 46-52.

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