Hand Hygiene Program <<insert your hospital>> About this presentation This presentation is designed to assist with seeking support from senior management and senior staff for the implementation of the Clean hands are life savers Program
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Voss & Widmer calculated that if HCWs were to wash their hands as frequently as recommended, additional staff positions would be required in the hospital because of the increased time requirements
Handwashing (included walking to sink etc; 40-80 seconds)=16 hours of nursing time per shift (17% of the total work force)
Alcohol-based hand rub (20 seconds)=3 hours of nursing time per shift (<3% of the total work force)Alcohol-based rubs save time
Voss A, Widmer A. No time for handwashing!? Handwashing versus Alcoholic Rub: Can we afford 100% compliance? Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 1997;18:205-208