The important role of sink location in handwashing compliance and microbial sink contamination

Am J Infect Control. 2014 May;42(5):554-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.12.020.


Handwashing is one of the most important means of reducing the spread of infection. In this study, we investigated how sink location and visibility influences handwashing and microbial contamination detected on clinical sinks in 3 pediatric intensive care units. We conclude that the visibility of sinks directly impacts on handwashing frequency and duration and also impacts on levels of bacterial contamination on and around the sink area.

Keywords: Health care environment; Health care-associated infection; Intensive care; Multilevel analysis; Sinks.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Environmental Microbiology*
  • Guideline Adherence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hand Disinfection / trends*
  • Hospitals, Pediatric
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Intensive Care Units