Reducing superbugs through hand hygiene

An educational initiative has improved hand hygiene practices among health care workers and reduced rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals.

The Australian National Hand Hygiene Initiative (NHHI) includes educational materials and a regular audit system to try to improve health care workers’ hand hygiene compliance and use of alcohol-based hand rub, and to reduce the risk of health care-associated infections.

Hand hygiene compliance improved from 43.6% to 67.8% in hospitals that were new to the initiative in the first two years of the program.

Read more at Medical Journal of Australia