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Hand hygiene rates improved through variety of reinforcement styles

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, December 1, 2009

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It takes more than one method to bring a hospital’s hand hygiene compliance rate up over 90%. At Barnes-Jewish St. Peters (BJSPH) Hospital in St. Peters, MO, it was a matter of trial and error to reach its compliance goal.

“We started collecting hand hygiene observations back in 2004,” says Kathleen Dougherty, RN, MSN, manager of professional practice and leadership development at BJSPHPH. “We wanted to see where we were with compliance for guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

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