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Gaceta Sanitaria

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Abstract

DIERSSEN-SOTOS, Trinidad et al. Impact of a hand hygiene campaign on alcoholic hand rub consumption in a tertiary hospital. Gac Sanit [online]. 2010, vol.24, n.4, pp. 358-360. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0213-91112010000400016.

Objective: To evaluate the influence of a hand hygiene program on consumption of alcoholic hand rub, and specifically the impact of the development of hand washing training in a tertiary hospital belonging to the Cantabrian Health Service in Spain. Methods: We performed an ecological study from January 2005 to December 2008. The dependent variable was consumption of alcoholic hand rub (ml/day). As the independent variable, we used the hand hygiene campaign developed by the Cantabrian Health Service. The relationship between alcoholic hand rub consumption and the campaign was evaluated using multiple linear regression. Results and conclusions: The training received in hand hygiene in hospital wards was associated with consumption of alcoholic hand rub, which improved as the campaign became consolidated (in 2008) and showed a positive effect, particularly its training aspects.

Keywords : Hand hygiene; Consumption of alcoholic hand rub; Hand hygiene campaign.

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