Implementing (I) Educational Interventions on Hand Hygiene.

Implementing (I) Educational Interventions on Hand Hygiene.


How does implementing (I) educational interventions on hand hygiene and hospital-acquired infections compare to (C) standard education (O) increase hand hygiene compliance with (P) nurses in an acute care facility? The evidence-based topic I chose to research was hand hygiene and how much of an impact it makes in decreasing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) hand hygiene is the number one way of preventing HAIs.Implementing (I) Educational Interventions on Hand Hygiene. Some of the potential care practices I am interested in researching are the educational tools and current guidelines that are being used to promote proper hand hygiene in a clinical setting. Barriers that I expect to find are lack of knowledge of handwashing guidelines, forgetfulness, understaffing, and possible irritations to the cleaning agents. I have used articles and journals from the FIU library to select my topic.Implementing (I) Educational Interventions on Hand Hygiene.

Your PICOT question is appropriately structured and can be clearly understood by any researcher who might be interested to conduct similar research. It is impressive to note that you decided to research about reducing HAIs in clinical settings using an educational intervention approach. I also agree that HAIs are an issue of public health significance. Based on the statistics provided by the CDC, more than 1.5 million hospitalized patients acquire HAIs in healthcare settings when being managed for other illnesses.Implementing (I) Educational Interventions on Hand Hygiene. Of this population, more than 90, 000 die due to HAIs (Haque et al., 2018). Similarly, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research Quality) informs that   HAIs are the most commonly reported complications of care in hospitals and among the top ten leading causes of mortalities in the USA. Subsequently, HAIs prolong admission, result in poor health outcomes, increase mortality, and healthcare-related costs.

The AHRQ also provides educational tools on handwashing as a method to control the spread of infections in healthcare settings.  It further discusses other education interventions for healthcare providers to change practices in handwashing and prevent the spread of infections. Haque et al. (2018) emphasize that educational tools and guidelines must reflect the principles, philosophies, and understanding of infection and dirt. While every researcher always finds barriers when implementing an EBP project, barriers such as lack of knowledge on handwashing practices and forgetfulness can be addressed through training before and after implementation. Implementing (I) Educational Interventions on Hand Hygiene.