Centers for Disease Control journal features Clean In, Clean Out success

Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the CDC, highlighted the success of UNC Hospitals' Clean In, Clean Out program, which is the first hand hygiene study to show that exceeding already high hand hygiene compliance in the healthcare setting reduces healthcare-associated infections. Authors include Emily Sickbert-Bennett, Lauren DiBiase, Tina Schade Willis, Eric Wolak, David Weber and William Rutala

Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infections by Exceeding High Compliance with Hand Hygiene Practices

The association between hand hygiene and infection prevention has long been known (if not always fully accepted) since the time of Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis. The challenge in healthcare settings is to achieve and sustain high compliance among many disciplines of personnel who interact with patients and their environment. The team from UNC Hospitals investigated whether an improvement in hand hygiene compliance from a baseline high level (>80%) to an even higher level (>95%) could lead to decreases in healthcare-associated infections (HAI).

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