Handwashing Compliance By Health Care Workers. The Impact Of Introducing an Accessible, Alcohol-Based Hand Antiseptic.

According to a clinical study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the introduction of easily accessible dispensers with an alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer into the work environment can significantly increase handwashing rates among healthcare workers.

This 6-month, prospective observational study was conducted by hospital epidemiologists and infection control practitioners at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 1 medical intensive care unit (ICU), 1 cardiac surgery ICU, and 1 general medical ward. It was designed to compare the effectiveness of various hand hygiene interventions – an education/feedback intervention program, a patient awareness program, followed by an easily accessible alcohol-based hand sanitizer – on the rates of handwashing among healthcare workers.

Investigators in the study found that the only intervention that showed significant improvement in handwashing compliance was the use of a hand sanitizer. Handwashing compliance with a hand sanitizer improved as accessibility improved; compliance increased from 19% to 41% when the dispenser-to-patient ratio was 1:4, and from 23% to 48% when the ratio was 1:1.

This study demonstrates that an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is effective in increasing hand hygiene compliance, particularly when the product is accessible and convenient for healthcare workers to use. TotallyPure sanitizers are hospital-grade product that meet or exceed CDC and WHO guidelines. They are proudly produced in the United States in accordance with all FDA regulations.

Bischoff WE, Reynolds TM, Sessler CN, Edmond MB, Wenzel RP, Handwashing compliance by health care workers. The impact of introducing an accessible, alcohol-based hand antiseptic. Arch Intern Med. 2000; 160: 1017-1021.