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Article: A review of the evidence for hand hygiene in different clinical and community settings for family physicians

TitleA review of the evidence for hand hygiene in different clinical and community settings for family physicians
Authors
KeywordsBacteremia
Clinical Practice
Clinical Trial
Community Care
Diarrhea
Gastrointestinal Infection
Hand Washing
Hospital Infection
Hospital Patient
Human
Incidence
Infection Prevention
Long Term Care
Meta Analysis
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
Physician
Pneumonia
Respiratory Tract Infection
Review
Risk Reduction
School
Sepsis
Systematic Review
Urinary Tract Infection
Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus
Wound Infection
Issue Date2007
PublisherHong Kong College of Family Physicians. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkcfp.org.hk/
Citation
Hong Kong Practitioner, 2007, v. 29 n. 4, p. 157-163 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper discusses the evidence of hand hygiene (mainly hygienic hand antisepsis) in reducing infections in different settings. In the hospital setting, there is convincing evidence that hand hygiene is effective in reducing nosocomial infections such as urinary tract infection, pneumonia, surgical wound infection and sepsis of in-patients, and in reducing the incidence rates of infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). In long-term care facilities, there is limited evidence to prove whether hand hygiene is effective or not in reducing infections. In institutions such as schools, it is evident that hand hygiene is effective in reducing gastrointestinal illnesses and probably respiratory illnesses among healthy children and young adults. In the community, it is evident that hand hygiene is effective in reducing diarrhoea among healthy individuals within families. Unfortunately, despite the above evidence, doctors are constantly reported to have poor compliance in many studies. Therefore it is important for doctors to improve their compliance in hand hygiene whether they practise in hospitals or in their own clinics.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/92592
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101
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dc.contributor.authorTam, WWSen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, TWen_HK
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dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Practitioner, 2007, v. 29 n. 4, p. 157-163en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1027-3948en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis paper discusses the evidence of hand hygiene (mainly hygienic hand antisepsis) in reducing infections in different settings. In the hospital setting, there is convincing evidence that hand hygiene is effective in reducing nosocomial infections such as urinary tract infection, pneumonia, surgical wound infection and sepsis of in-patients, and in reducing the incidence rates of infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). In long-term care facilities, there is limited evidence to prove whether hand hygiene is effective or not in reducing infections. In institutions such as schools, it is evident that hand hygiene is effective in reducing gastrointestinal illnesses and probably respiratory illnesses among healthy children and young adults. In the community, it is evident that hand hygiene is effective in reducing diarrhoea among healthy individuals within families. Unfortunately, despite the above evidence, doctors are constantly reported to have poor compliance in many studies. Therefore it is important for doctors to improve their compliance in hand hygiene whether they practise in hospitals or in their own clinics.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherHong Kong College of Family Physicians. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkcfp.org.hk/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Practitioneren_HK
dc.subjectBacteremiaen_HK
dc.subjectClinical Practiceen_HK
dc.subjectClinical Trialen_HK
dc.subjectCommunity Careen_HK
dc.subjectDiarrheaen_HK
dc.subjectGastrointestinal Infectionen_HK
dc.subjectHand Washingen_HK
dc.subjectHospital Infectionen_HK
dc.subjectHospital Patienten_HK
dc.subjectHumanen_HK
dc.subjectIncidenceen_HK
dc.subjectInfection Preventionen_HK
dc.subjectLong Term Careen_HK
dc.subjectMeta Analysisen_HK
dc.subjectMethicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureusen_HK
dc.subjectPhysicianen_HK
dc.subjectPneumoniaen_HK
dc.subjectRespiratory Tract Infectionen_HK
dc.subjectReviewen_HK
dc.subjectRisk Reductionen_HK
dc.subjectSchoolen_HK
dc.subjectSepsisen_HK
dc.subjectSystematic Reviewen_HK
dc.subjectUrinary Tract Infectionen_HK
dc.subjectVancomycin Resistant Enterococcusen_HK
dc.subjectWound Infectionen_HK
dc.titleA review of the evidence for hand hygiene in different clinical and community settings for family physiciansen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.volume29en_HK
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