Handwashing signage at point-of-use

Is reminder signage at point-of-use to promote handwashing for hospital healthcare workers effective?

The conclusion is No.

Setting acute care hospitals in the US
Target audienceall healthcare workers
Number of units involved58 in-patient units in 9 hospitals
Methodcluster-randomized clinical trial; units were randomly assigned to (1) no change; (2) weekly change; and (3) monthly change.
Intervention reminder signs were placed next to Alcohol-based dispensers
Assessment covert observation at entry and exit points to patients’
rooms
Conclusion no statistically significant effect
Interpretation Nudging by changing signs did not influence
hand hygiene practices.
Journal referenceOctober 23, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.13823
Accessfree access to the whole paper

Author: Prasantha De Silva

A specialist in Community Medicine board-certified in Sri Lanka and a research analyst in Canada

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