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Impact of observation and analysis methodology when reporting hand hygiene data

  • A. Stewardson
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    Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • H. Sax
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    Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • S. Longet-Di Pietro
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    Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • D. Pittet
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author. Address: Infection Control Programme and WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, 4 Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil, 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland. Tel.: +41 22 372 9828; fax: +41 22 372 3987.
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    Infection Control Programme, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland

    WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
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Published:February 14, 2011DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2010.12.008
      Observation and reporting of healthcare worker hand hygiene performance is a cornerstone of hospital infection control and serves many purposes, including performance feedback and monitoring the success of promotional campaigns.
      • World Health Organization
      WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care.
      Hand hygiene compliance rates are also used as a healthcare quality indicator by a number of national and subnational programmes.
      • Magiorakos A.P.
      • Leens E.
      • Drouvot V.
      • et al.
      Pathways to clean hands: highlights of successful hand hygiene implementation strategies in Europe.
      • Muller M.P.
      • Detsky A.S.
      Public reporting of hospital hand hygiene compliance – helpful or harmful?.
      In this context, the reliability of the observation methodology is especially crucial, mandating a rigorous and validated methodology.
      • Pittet D.
      • Hugonnet S.
      • Harbarth S.
      • et al.
      Effectiveness of a hospital-wide programme to improve compliance with hand hygiene.
      • Sax H.
      • Allegranzi B.
      • Uckay I.
      • Larson E.
      • Boyce J.
      • Pittet D.
      My five moments for hand hygiene: a user-centred design approach to understand, train, monitor and report hand hygiene.
      • Sax H.
      • Allegranzi B.
      • Chraiti M.N.
      • Boyce J.
      • Larson E.
      • Pittet D.
      The World Health Organization hand hygiene observation method.
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