Where does Denmark stand on hand hygiene?
Denmark has a strong and proud history of organizing Infection Control and preventing Healthcare associated infections.
We do regard hand hygiejne as a strong factor in preventing infections that are transmitted via contact.
We also recognize that there are multiple factors, that have impact on the health care workers decision on whether they choose to perform hand hygiene or they choose to skip it!
Health care workers have a lot of explanations on why they only perform hand hygiene in less than 50 % of the situations, where they are supposed to do it.
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The explanations can be due to lack of knowledge on the importance of hand hygiene, that there is no access to the right products to perform hand hygiene when needed, that there is an insufficient attitude to hand hygiejne, that it is difficult to instruct or remind colleagues or others or that there is no leadership focus on the area.
Every explanation takes it own unique guidance. Because of this it is difficult to point out one golden method of intervention, that can increase the compliance. Some things you can count, but often you need a motivational dialogue to increase the person's perception of what lack of hand hygiene means for the patient and for the health care worker himself.
To increase the compliance to hand hygiene you need to have focus on the individual, the group and on the full organization – and especially on the leadership performance!
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Use Important information on hand hygiene and
Who´s Guide to implementation of the WHO multimodal hygiene improvement strategy
Last revised 1 May 2014