Hand Hygiene Compliance Rates in 9 Pediatric Intensive Care Units Across Europe: Results from the Reducing Antimicrobial use and Nosocomial Infections in Kids Network

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2022 Oct 1;41(10):e434-e437. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003658. Epub 2022 Jul 29.


A unified surveillance mechanism for hand hygiene and hospital-acquired infections for pediatric wards is lacking in Europe. We managed to setup such a mechanism in 9 pediatric intensive care units in 7 European countries, using World Health Organization's definitions and common methodology which allows for benchmarking among units and countries. Median hand hygiene compliance was found high 82.3% (interquartile range 71.6-94.5%), but gaps in practices were identified.