[usPropHeader] Error loading user control: The file '/CMSWebParts/WK.HLRP/LNC/LNCProductHeader.ascx' does not exist.

Buy this Article for $7.95

Have a coupon or promotional code? Enter it here:

When you buy this you'll get access to the ePub version, a downloadable PDF, and the ability to print the full article.

Keywords

culture change, evidence-based practice, hand hygiene, patient safety

 

Authors

  1. Day, Cindy DNP, NEA, BC, RN

Abstract

Hand hygiene is critical to the safety of patients in hospitals today.

 

Objective: Engaging staff, physicians, patients, and visitors in hand hygiene is important to create a safe environment. The author discusses the development and implementation of an evidence-based practice guideline for improving hand hygiene and application of that guideline in an academic medical center setting.

 

Method: Establishment of a multidisciplinary team committed to improving organizational performance, development of a practice guideline, organizational assessment, and the implementation of a multimodal intervention plan are all keys to success.

 

Conclusion: Organizational culture can be changed utilizing an evidence-based, organization-specific approach to hand hygiene.