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Patient as a Partner in Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention

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State Higher Vocational School, 33-100 Tarnów, Poland
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St. Łukasz Voivodeship Hospital, 33-100 Tarnów, Poland
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Jagiellonian University Medical College, 31-121 Kraków, Poland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 624; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040624
Received: 15 February 2018 / Revised: 24 March 2018 / Accepted: 28 March 2018 / Published: 29 March 2018
Objectives: The objective of the study was getting to know the knowledge and attitudes towards hand hygiene (HH) among Polish patients and healthcare workers (HCWs). Methods: 459 respondents replied to the survey: 173 (37.6%) patients and 286 (62.3%) HCWs; 57 HCWs were additionally interviewed. Results: Few HCWs knew and used the “5 moments for HH” in the required situations. Both patients and HCWs rated HH of other HCWs poorly: only 75% of patients and 54% of HCWs noticed the application of HH before blood sample collection, but 1/2 of interviewed HCWs did not encounter a request for HH from a patient. According to interviews, 23 (40%) HCWs did not admonish others when they did not use HH. Seventy-five percent of patients and HCWs claimed that, in the past, in schools the toilets were poorly stocked, but the situation improved with the passage of time. Conclusions: There are barriers with resspect to treating patients as partners in HH in Polish hospitals and HCWs’ lack of compliance with the “5 moments for HH” significantly reduces patients’ safety. Practice implications: Education regarding HH should be conducted for the whole society from an early age: lack of proper supplies in school bathrooms impedes the development of positive HH habits. View Full-Text
Keywords: hand hygiene; patient; healthcare workers; healthcare-associated infections hand hygiene; patient; healthcare workers; healthcare-associated infections
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Wałaszek, M.; Kołpa, M.; Wolak, Z.; Różańska, A.; Wójkowska-Mach, J. Patient as a Partner in Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 624. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040624

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Wałaszek M, Kołpa M, Wolak Z, Różańska A, Wójkowska-Mach J. Patient as a Partner in Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(4):624. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040624

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Wałaszek, Marta, Małgorzata Kołpa, Zdzisław Wolak, Anna Różańska, and Jadwiga Wójkowska-Mach. 2018. "Patient as a Partner in Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 4: 624. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040624

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