The Effect of Training in Promotion of Hand Hygiene in Hospital

Document Type : Brief Report


1 Antimicrobial Resistance Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Infection Control Committee of Erfan Hospital, Tehran, Iran


Background and Objectives: Hand hygiene (HH) is crucial for preventing of infectious complications in health care settings. Informing healthcare workers on the recommended hand washing method can promote this practice in the clinical staff. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of training the WHO-recommended five-moment hand washing method in promoting hand hygiene in a health care setting. Methods: Ninety-eight clinical staff of Erfan Hospital participated in a training course. After training, the frequency of hand washing by the participants was compared with that before training. Chi-square test was used for examining the significance of the difference. Findings: A significantly increased frequency of hand-washing was observed in the clinical staff after the training course (P < 0.05). Conclusions: This study emphasizes the importance and effectiveness of training in controlling factors contributing to provenance of nosocomial infections.