SCP: Multimodal intervention to increase hand hygiene compliance Information on needed resources


The costs of hand hygiene promotion programmes include the costs of hand hygiene installations and products plus the costs associated with health care workers’ time and the educational and promotional materials required by the programme (WHO 2009a). It was estimated by Pittet and colleagues that direct and indirect costs associated with a hand hygiene programme are less than US $ 57 000 per year for a 2600-bed hospital, approx. US $ 1.42 per patient (€ 1.11 as of April 2nd 2013). The authors concluded that the hand hygiene programme was cost-saving if less than 1% of the reduction in HCAI observed was attributable to improved hand hygiene practice (Pittet et al 2000).