Ahmed Hammad, Mr1, Hany Nada, Mr1, Saroj Golay, Dr2. 1Guy’s ans St Thomas’ NHS Trust, 2NHS Lanarkshire
Introduction: Studies has shown clear discrepancies among doctors between the attitude and the compliance of hand washing, on the contrary nurses and other medical professions are more compliant with hand washing.
The aim of this audit is to assess the knowledge of different medical staff of hand hygiene steps and improve the hand washing technique to be compliant with NHS National Patient safety Agency(NPSA)
Results: 32 questionnaires retuned out of 36 distributed. 9 Allied health professionals(AHP), 8 nurses, 6 junior doctors, 6 surgical trainees and 3 consultants
AHP answered 114 right answer out of 117(97.4%), Nurses 98/104 (94%), Junior doctors 72/78(92%), surgical trainee70/78(89%) consultants 30/39(76%)
Re audit showed improvement in all groups: AHP from 97% to 99% Nurses from 94% to 100% junior doctors 92% to 98% surgical trainees from 89% to 98% consultant from 76% to100%.
Conclusions: Recent studies have shown that doctors are less compliant with hand hygiene compared to other health professions. Our study confirmed this finding, moreover it showed that the more senior the doctors, the least compliant with hand washing they are . However continuous teaching and auditing can easily improve medical staff adherence to a better hand hygiene technique and hence infection prevention.
Presented at the SAGES 2017 Annual Meeting in Houston, TX.
Abstract ID: 78935
Program Number: P667
Presentation Session: Poster (Non CME)
Presentation Type: Poster