Evaluation of a handwashing intervention to reduce respiratory illness rates in senior day-care centers

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1999 Mar;20(3):200-2. doi: 10.1086/501612.


To decrease respiratory infections in senior day care, staff were educated on viral transmission and the value of hand washing. Fanny packs with alcohol foam supplemented hand washing and were alternated monthly between centers. Infection rates were unchanged with alcohol foam use. The intervention year's infection rate was significantly lower than the previous 3 years, suggesting a benefit of education.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Day Care, Medical*
  • Female
  • Hand Disinfection*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Male
  • New York
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / prevention & control*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / virology
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control*