Auditing hand hygiene practice
Dinah Gould Professor of applied health, School of Community and Health Studies, City University, London
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.
Nursing Standard. 25, 2,50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.09.25.2.50.c7988
Published in print: 15 September 2010Peer review
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