Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/12268
Title: Back to basics: hand hygiene and isolation.
Authors: Huang, Gene K L;Stewardson, Andrew J;Grayson, M Lindsay
Affiliation: aDepartment of Infectious Diseases, Austin Hospital bHand Hygiene Australia cDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne dDepartment of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2014
Citation: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases; 27(4): 379-89
Abstract: Hand hygiene and isolation are basic, but very effective, means of preventing the spread of pathogens in healthcare. Although the principle may be straightforward, this review highlights some of the controversies regarding the implementation and efficacy of these interventions.Hand hygiene compliance is an accepted measure of quality and safety in many countries. The evidence for the efficacy of hand hygiene in directly reducing rates of hospital-acquired infections has strengthened in recent years, particularly in terms of reduced rates of staphylococcal sepsis. Defining the key components of effective implementation strategies and the ideal method(s) of assessing hand hygiene compliance are dependent on a range of factors associated with the healthcare system. Although patient isolation continues to be an important strategy, particularly in outbreaks, it also has some limitations and can be associated with negative effects. Recent detailed molecular epidemiology studies of key healthcare-acquired pathogens have questioned the true efficacy of isolation, alone as an effective method for the routine prevention of disease transmission.Hand hygiene and isolation are key components of basic infection control. Recent insights into the benefits, limitations and even adverse effects of these interventions are important for their optimal implementation.
Internal ID Number: 24945613
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/12268
DOI: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000080
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24945613
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Journal articles

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.


Items in AHRO are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.