Results: Infection rates for LRTIs were reduced from 0.97 to 0.53 infections per 1,000 resident-days (P = .01) following the intervention, a statistically significant decline. Infection rates for SSTIs were reduced from 0.30 to 0.25 infections per 1,000 resident-days (P = .65). A 54% compliance rate was observed among HCP.
Conclusion: This study demonstrates that the use of alcohol-based hand rubs, as part of a comprehensive hand hygiene program for HCP and residents, can decrease infection rates in LTCFs.
Reference: AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. January 2013. Volume 41, Issue 1, Pages 39-44. Steven J. Schweon, RN, MPH, MSN, CIC, HEM; Sarah L. Edmonds, MS, Jane Kirk, MSN, RN, CIC, Douglas Y. Rowland, PhD, Carmen Acosta, RN, BSN