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Submitted: 16 May 2007 Modified: 25 July 2018
HERDIN Record #: PCHRDPC021067

A point in time observational study of hand washing practices of healthcare workers in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Luke's Medical Center.

 Yu, Catherine T,
 Pena, Adrian C,
 Rumbaua, Raquel O

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Handwashing between care of patients remains one of the most of the important measures for preventing the spread of pathogens from the hands of health care workers in hospitals. Previous studies have shown that handwashing practices among health care workers are poor A point in time observational study was done to determine the handwashing compliance of health care workers in the intensive care unit of St. Lukes Medical Center The study was done on October 27, 1999. The study subjects were: Physicians-53 (60 percent), nurses-21 (24 percent), and other health care workers-14 (16 percent). In 218 opportunities for handwashing, average compliance was 31 percent. Compliance was higher among nurses (43 percent) than among physicians (19 percent) and other health care workers (28 percent). Compliance was higher during procedures that carry a low risk for contamination (50 percent) and when the required intensity of care is greater Handwashing compliance of health care workers in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Lukes Medical Center is poor compared to previous published studies. Compliance was higher among nurses than among physicians and other health care personnel, findings that confirm previous published observations. There is a need for a reevaluation of programs regarding strict handwashing in the ICU. (Author)

Publication Type
Journal
Title
The Philippine Journal of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Publication Date
January-March 2001
Volume
30
Issue
1
Page(s)
3-7
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