Key factors for hand hygiene promotion in intensive care units
De Wandel D et al
Critical Care Medicine: Article in Press
Hand hygiene remains a cornerstone in the fight against healthcare-associated infections and multidrug resistance (Blot, 2008). Hand hygiene behaviour is deep-rooted and difficult to change. According to a recently published Intensive & Critical Care Nursing article by Battistella et al. (2017), professional hand hygiene behaviour in intensive care settings is influenced by habits of social handwashing in everyday life. Therefore, they plead for the creation of specific professional hand hygiene habits (washing hands should become ‘a routine inside a habit’).