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Evidence base for hand hygiene

The cleanyourhands campaign has been designed taking into consideration seminal research in the area of hand hygiene. Please search for evidence via the NHS Evidence search box below. Alternatively, you can search the cleanyourhands repository which is below the NHS Evidence search box.


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cleanyourhands repository

AuthorTitleJournal and volumeYearCategories
Heseltine P.Why don't doctors and nurses wash their hands?Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2001; 22(4):199-2002001Role models, Behaviour and compliance
Hospital Infection SocietyThird Prevalence Survey of HCAIs in Acute Hospitals 2006Hospital Infection Society and Infection Control Nurses Association2006Evaluation and audit
Hugonnet S, Perneger TV, Pittet DAlcohol-based handrub improves compwliance with hand hygiene in intensive care unitsArchives of Internal Medicine; 2002, vol. 162, no9, pp. 1037-1043 (45 ref.)2002Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
Humphreys H, Grundmann H, Skov R, Lucet JC, Cauda R. Prevention and control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.Clinical Microbiology and Infection;15(2):120-4.2009Policy and guidance
Jeanes A.Improving hand hygiene complianceNursing Times; 2009, 99(7):47-49.2003Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
Jia Z, Ma L, Wu X. 2.Influencing factors in handwashing compliance of medical and nursing staffs and its management...Chinese Nursing Research; 2005; 19(10A):1988-19912005Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance
Johnson PD, Martin R, Burrell LJ, et al.Efficacy of an alcohol/chlorhexidine hand hygiene program in a hospital with high rates of...Medical Journal of Australia 2005, 183:509-514183:509-5142005Hand hygiene products and technologies, Hand hygiene practice
Kaier K, Hagist C, Frank U, Conrad A, Meyer E. Two time-series analyses of the impact of antibiotic consumption and alcohol-based hand...Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology; 30(4):346-53.2009Hand hygiene products and technologies
Kampf GThe six golden rules to improve compliance in hand hygiene; 56 Suppl 2:S3-S5.Journal of Hospital Infection2004Policy and guidance, Behaviour and compliance
Kaplan LM, McGuckin MIncreasing handwashing compliance with more accessible sinksInfection Control; 1986, 7(8):408-4101986Hand hygiene practice, Behaviour and compliance