Impact of a multicomponent hand hygiene intervention strategy in reducing infection rates at a university hospital in Saudi Arabia

  • Ahmed Al Kuwaiti
  • Interventional Medicine and Applied Science, September 2017, Akademiai Kiado
  • DOI: 10.1556/1646.9.2017.24

Hand hygiene reduces infection rates

What is it about?

A yearlong multicomponent HH intervention, which included various strategies recommended by the World Health Organization, was introduced. HH compliance among staff and infection rates observed in the inpatient wards were assessed and compared at pre- and post-interventional phases.

Why is it important?

Few studies have reported the correlation between hand hygiene (HH) practices and infection rates in Saudi Arabia. This work was aimed to study the effect of a multicomponent HH intervention strategy in improving HH compliance and reducing infection rates at King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia between January 2014 and December 2016.


Dr Ahmed Al Kuwaiti
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam

Results show that multicomponent intervention is effective in improving HH compliance, and that an increase in HH compliance among hospital staff decreases infection rates. Further studies on cost-effectiveness of such a model could augment to these findings.

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