Hand Hygiene Promotion and the Participation of Infection Control Link Nurses: An Effective Innovation to Overcome Campaign Fatigue

Am J Infect Control. 2013 Dec;41(12):1281-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.04.011. Epub 2013 Jul 23.


Campaign fatigue was evident in a large hospital in Hong Kong when hand hygiene compliance remained just above 50% after 4 years of aggressive and varied promotional activities. A new innovative strategy was developed that directly involved the infection control link nurses both in formulating the strategy and in implementing the various proposed programs. The new strategy was successful in increasing hand hygiene compliance to 83%.

Keywords: Hand hygiene; Health care-associated infections; Promotional activities.

MeSH terms

  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data
  • Hand Hygiene / methods*
  • Hong Kong
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Nurses*