Use of a nudge tool for improving hand hygiene in a nursing team in home for elderly people - case study
ID Mlakar, Tjaša (Author), ID Mihelič Zajec, Andreja (Author), ID Jevšnik, Mojca (Author)

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The prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections are one of the most important indicators of quality in healthcare institutions and their employees. For this purpose, experts in this field are attempting to find improvements; one of them is called “nudging”. This study aims to present the importance of providing hand hygiene quality in nurses and to analyse the effectiveness of a selected nudging tool in practice. An observation checklist was made to evaluate nurses in a selected nursing home in Ljubljana. Based on data analysis, a picture of male eyes as hygiene promotion and how it affects the change in hygiene compliance of the nurses was tested. After a change in the environment, hand hygiene improved; the greatest improvement was seen prior to the preparation of devices for personal hygiene, before the procedure, after washing the patient’s face, body, back and hands, after washing the feet, and after the whole procedure was completed. With the use of behavioural theories, better hand hygiene compliance can be achieved. It can be concluded that nudging may help us prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and provide a higher quality of life for residents and, consequentially, improve the quality of nursing care

Keywords:hand hygiene, nurse, nursing home, elderly, employees behaviour, nudging
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:ZF - Faculty of Health Sciences
Number of pages:Str. 33-46
Numbering:Vol. 11, no. 1
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-112974 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:1854-0678
COBISS.SI-ID:5413995 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:27.11.2019
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Title:Sanitarno inženirstvo
Publisher:Inštitut za sanitarno inženirstvo
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Licensing start date:27.11.2019

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