SDW news brief: Nurses put patient safety before their own

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 9, 2011

A study showing that hand washing increases among medical professionals when the organizational emphasis is on patient safety is hardly breaking news, but it should be a key motivator for other infection control practices, one infection control advocate says.

Russ Olmsted, president of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., said in an email to HealthLeaders Media he was "encouraged" to see social scientists "share an interest in the behavioral aspects of patient care" and Olmsted said he welcomed additional research.

The study Olmsted cited, It's Not All About Me: Motivating Hospital Hand Hygiene by Focusing on Patients, found significantly better compliance with hand hygiene when hospital signage encouraged healthcare professionals to consider the health and safety of their patients, rather than themselves. The study will appear in Psychological Science.

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Source: HealthLeaders Media

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