Multimodal intervention to increase hand hygiene compliance

Contact information:  


VÁGÁNY TAMÁSNÉ, [email protected]


Country of origin: Hungary
Year of development: 2009-2013
Last updated: January 2013
Next update: Every year
Available in the following languages: Hungarian,
Reason for not fulfilling the requirements: WHO translation

Type of tool: tool for training and education, tool for evaluation and feedback, tool for information of patients and relatives

Short description

The main aim is the development of hand hygiene in the public health sector and among employees.
The first step was to install all the facilities: hand sanitizer dispensers and antiseptics close to the lavatory, paper towels can be found next to the lavatory, according to the WHO guidelines single-phase liquid soap and alcoholic hand disinfectant are equally assured, since 2012 little alcohol spray is available for academic specialisation employees and for the doctors.
The topic hand hygiene is highly ranked in employee training. This means hygienic education before starting work, annually two times professional development, and the topic of ICB professional development, too. All these things are checked by the health service.

Target audience

Academic specialisation employees working in  clinical practice, doctors and other hygienic employees

Applicability (setting e.g. inpatient care, outpatient care, long term care etc.)

Long term care

Information on how the tool has been applied/tested in practice

Since 2009, special attention was paid to hand hygiene compliance among the health professionals and the patients, too. The appearance of WHO’s hand hygiene programme  has helped to strengthen this program. The program is expanded to all outpatient and inpatient wards in the hospital.

Needed resources (financial, material, human)

Material resources make up a large percentage of the costs. The exemplariness of the institution’s leadership means a lot! The support of the institution’s leadership and to accept that  prevention is less cost-intensive than therapy are really important. Regular monitoring and hygiene education also play an important role in the process

Needed time for implementation

To make it familiar is a hard job. We don’t have to think that the work is finished. It needs ongoing training, monitoring and the feedback is really important.

Strengths and limitations

The ongoing trainings, the check of the practice, the continuous attention call keep the theoretical and practical knowledge on a high level in the care process.

Additional references

Nice to see that the results of the Hungarian gynecologist’s – (Ignác Semmelweis) – hand sterilisation is a good guideline for the offspring.