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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Robert McWhirt


Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a significant problem faced by healthcare organizations globally. The Centers for Disease Control reported that in 2014, 722,000 patients acquired an HAI, and of those, 75,000 died as a result. This project focused on reeducating healthcare staff on hand hygiene practices to prevent HAIs. Preintervention hand hygiene compliance rates were compared to postintervention hand hygiene compliance rates on 2 units in an acute care setting to evaluate if reeducation of healthcare staff on hand hygiene protocols and practices would increase hand hygiene compliance rates. The evidence-based practice model used for this project was Nightingale's environmental theory. The research question for the study examined the effectiveness of hand hygiene reeducation on hand hygiene compliance rates. Participants included 97 nurses and ancillary staff. Hand hygiene compliance rates were compared 1 month before and 1 month after healthcare staff reeducation. Results showed an 18% increase in compliance rates following reeducation. These results might effect positive social change by reinforcing that reeducation has an impact on compliance rates for hand hygiene among nursing and ancillary staff in acute care settings.

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