increasing icu staff handwashing: effects of education and group feedback.
similarly, the lowest compliance rate (36%) was found in icus, where indications for handwashing were typically more frequent (on average, 20 opportunities per patient per hour).
doipubmedlarson el, mcginley kj, foglia a, leyden jj, boland n, larson j, handwashing practices and resistance and density of bacterial hand flora on two pediatric units in lima, peru.
in other words, compliance with handwashing worsened when the demand for hand cleansing was high; on average, compliance decreased by 5% (±2%) per increment of 10 opportunities per hour when the intensity of patient care exceeded 10 opportunities per hour.
alcohol-based hand rubs may be better than traditional handwashing as they require less time, act faster, are less irritating, and contribute to sustained improvement in compliance associated with decreased infection rates.