Compliance and Efficacy of Hand Rubbing during In-Hospital Practice

Oguz Karabay, Irfan Sencan, Idris Sahin, Hacer Alpteker, Arzu Ozcan, Sukru Oksuz
2005 Medical Principles and Practice  
ence of more than 3 years in hospital practice. Both hand rubbing and hand washing compliance were poorer among nurses working in intensive care units than among nurses working in the other hospital wards. Generally, after taking off gloves, nurses preferred hand washing to hand rubbing. Conclusion: These data indicate that alcohol-based hand rubbing reduces mean bacterial counts on the hands of nurses more effectively than hand washing with antimicrobial soaps, and compliance rates with hand
more » ... e rates with hand rubbing were also higher than with hand washing. Nevertheless, the compliance with hand rubbing was markedly lower in more experienced nurses.
doi:10.1159/000086928 pmid:16103696 fatcat:rdsqyx24njfgbikvarca77jae4