The effect of leadership on hand hygiene: Assessing hand hygiene adherence prior to patient contact in 2 infectious disease units in Tuscany

Sarah R. Lieber, Elisabetta Mantengoli, Sanjay Saint, Karen E. Fowler, Carlo Fumagalli, Dario Bartolozzi, Lea Magistri, Fabrizio Niccolini, Alessandro Bartoloni

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Abstract

We assessed hand hygiene adherence in 2 infectious disease units. In one unit, adherence declined slightly from year 1 (84.2%) to year 4 (71.0%) after a multimodal intervention but remained much higher than before intervention. Adherence dropped in the second unit after a loss of leadership (from 50.7% to 5.7%). Strong leadership presence may improve hand hygiene adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-316
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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