Variability in hand hygiene practices among internal medicine interns.

American journal of infection control

PubMedID: 24176771

Block L, Habicht R, Oluyadi FO, Wu AW, Desai SV, Niessen T, Silva KN, Oliver N, Feldman L. Variability in hand hygiene practices among internal medicine interns. Am J Infect Control. 2013;41(11):1107-8.
Hand hygiene compliance remains suboptimal among physicians despite quality improvement efforts. We observed hand hygiene compliance among 29 medicine interns at 2 large academic institutions. Overall compliance was 75%. Although 4 interns averaged <40% compliance, 14 averaged at least 80%. Given variability observed among individuals in the same training programs, targeting those with poor performance may be important in improving overall compliance.