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Some Hospitals Stingy with Hand Sanitizer

Published: March 2, 2014

In 22.5% of U.S. healthcare facilities, alcohol-based hand sanitizers aren't available at every point of care, according to a recently published study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Additionally, say the study's authors, only about half of facilities have funds set aside for hand hygiene training, and about 10% of them lack a clear commitment on the part of senior leadership to support hand hygiene improvement. The study, which measured compliance with World Health Organization guidelines, surveyed 168 surgical and long-term-care facilities in 42 states and Puerto Rico.

"The tone for compliance with infection control guidelines is set at the highest levels of management," says study co-author Laurie Conway, RN, MS, CIC, PhD, a student at Columbia University's School of Nursing, "and our study also found that executives aren't always doing all that they can to send a clear message that preventing infections is a priority."

Jim Burger

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