(HealthDay News) — A multifaceted intervention can improve hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Lynn L. Wiles, Ph.D., R.N., from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and colleagues assessed the effectiveness of a multifaceted intervention (an education module and two experiential learning activities) to improve hand hygiene among emergency nurses and technicians.

The researchers found that post-test scores were significantly higher than pretest scores. At both the completion of the project and three months afterward, hand hygiene compliance rates improved.

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“As the portal for nearly 40 percent of admitted patients, the emergency department and emergency department staff have a key role in implementing effective hand hygiene practices when patients enter health care systems,” the authors write. “Providing education, identifying gaps in practice, and brainstorming solutions to address department-specific challenges are key strategies for improving hand hygiene compliance in a fast-paced environment.”

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