Ebt1 Task 1

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Task 1 Hand Hygiene Compliance Task 1 Hand Hygiene Compliance Sharon Elfenbaum Western Governors University EBT1 Task One A1. Article A2. Graphic Article | Kowitt, B., Jefferson, J., & Mermel, L. A. (2013). Factors Associated with Hand Hygiene Compliance at a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 34(11), 1146. doi:10.1086/673465 | Background Information | The stated purpose of the article was to identify factors associated with hand hygiene conformity. As stated by Kowitt (2013) hand hygiene is considered the most important measure in preventing hospital-acquired infections which in 2004 related to about 99,000 deaths, affecting 1.7 million patients with a cost of $6.5 billion to the healthcare system. In the abstract, it is stated that these factors were tracked over four years and involved over 161,526 observations of hand hygiene compliance. This initiative was to see if factors are reliable in increasing compliance rates among all categories of hospital workers. Factors associated with poor hand hygiene compliance include: being a doctor versus being a nurse, surgical unit and intensive care unit (ICU) setting versus medical unit setting, wearing gloves and gown, before patient contact versus after patient contact, performing high-risk activities, weekdays versus weekends, having a high number of opportunities for hand hygiene per hour, and overcrowding or understaffing. The study was conducted in the United States in an urban academic medical & level I trauma center for the intervention time frame of July 2008 to December 2012. There are 1,767 affiliated physicians and 7,400 healthcare workers at the hospital where collected data was analyzed across all inpatient units providing current supportive information on hand hygiene conformity. | Review of Literature | Several reputable

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