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The influence of nurse cohorting on hand hygiene effectiveness

Beggs, C.B., Noakes, C.J., Shepherd, S.J., Kerr, K.G., Sleigh, P.A. and Banfield, K. (2006) The influence of nurse cohorting on hand hygiene effectiveness. American Journal of Infection Control, 34 (10). pp. 621-626. ISSN 0196-6553

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Background: Direct contact between health care staff and patients is generally considered to be the primary route by which most exogenously-acquired infections spread within and between wards. Handwashing is therefore perceived to be the single most important infection control measure that can be adopted, with the continuing high infection rates generally attributed to poor hand hygiene compliance.

Methods: Through the use of simple mathematical models, this paper demonstrates that under conditions of high patient occupancy or understaffing, handwashing alone is unlikely to prevent the transmission of infection.

Conclusions: The study demonstrates that applying strict nurse cohorting in combination with good hygiene practice is likely to be a more effective method of reducing transmission of infection in hospitals. (Am J Infect Control 2006;34:621-6.)

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2006 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Mosby, Inc. This is an author produced version of a paper published in American Journal of Infection Control. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds) > Inst for Pathogen Control Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ms Caroline Wilson
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 18:50
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:54
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2006.06.011
Status: Published
Publisher: Mosby Inc
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ajic.2006.06.011
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7791

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