NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, UK
|Originally developed by:||Institute for Health Improvement|
|Country of origin:||USA|
|Year of development:||Unknown|
|Last updated:||No information available|
|Next update:||No information available|
|Available in the following languages:||English|
Type of tool: tool for system change
Transmission of healthcare associated pathogens most often occurs via the contaminated hands of healthcare workers. Accordingly, hand hygiene (i.e., hand washing with soap and water or use of a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub) has long been considered one of the most important infection control measures for preventing healthcare associated infections.
The tool gives a rationale for implementing and monitoring hand hygiene, with detailed evidence from research publications; it also provides a step-by-step guide to implementing and measuring compliance with hand hygiene.
There are improvement stories / case study examples available by following the web link.
Those involved in instituting policy and those responsible for training and evaluating staff and patient compliance
Applicability (setting e.g. inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care etc.)
All healthcare environments
Information on how the tool has been applied/tested in practice
Widespread across the US and UK