The impact of workload on hand hygiene compliance: Is 100% compliance achievable?

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2022 Sep;43(9):1259-1261. doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.179. Epub 2021 May 14.


Hand hygiene compliance decreased significantly when opportunities exceeded 30 per hour. At higher workloads, the number of healthcare worker types involved and the proportion of hand hygiene opportunities for which physicians and other healthcare workers were responsible increased. Thus, care complexity and risk to patients may both increase with workload.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Hand Disinfection
  • Hand Hygiene*
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Physicians*
  • Workload