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Overcoming the Obstacles: Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance

Clinicians who work in healthcare MUST perform hand hygiene in order to prevent infections in their patients. And yet even now, years after the release of the CDC’s Hand Hygiene Guideline, compliance is still abysmally low.


Program Highlights

Solutions to these common excuses...



  • I’m so busy… I just forget / I don’t have time!

  • I have to go in and out of patient rooms all the time. I can’t stop outside every room and wash!

  • I wear gloves all the time for my job, so I don’t need to do hand hygiene.

  • I’m confused about when to wash with soap and water and when to use an alcohol hand rub.

  • The dispensers aren’t conveniently located, or they are empty or broken!

  • How can I perform hand hygiene before going into the patient’s room if my hands are full?

  • My hands are chapped and hurt from frequent hand hygiene, so I don’t do it any more than I have to.

  • I AM cleaning my hands when I’m supposed to! (No, you’re not!)


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Learning Objective

To acknowledge the obstacles that keep clinicians from cleaning their hands and present ways to overcome those obstacles.


Program Includes
  • Bonus Resource CD
  • 10 Question Post Test with Answer Key

Clinical Advisors

  • Gail Fraine, RN, BSN, CIC

  • Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC



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