research is needed since it was performed in only one area of the hospital. Also that when planning staff for each shift, hand hygiene should be considered due to the amount of time needed to perform it correctly. The study showed the importance of performing hand hygiene and how the amount of time spent is not enough to prevent healthcare acquired infections. A2. The researcher stated that hand hygiene should be taken into account when staffing a shift. I never really thought about hand hygiene needing to be considered in staffing but it makes sense. In order to be sure that proper hand hygiene has been done, we do need to spend approx. 30 seconds cleaning all parts of our hands and wrist, so as not to pass on any infections to the next patient. I think all staff believes that if hand sanitizer is used, we are okay. To some aspect that might be true, but when a patient has several things wrong; e.g. skin infection, pneumonia, we need 30 seconds to wash our hands with soap and water to ensure we don’t pass anything on to the next person or to ourselves.
A3. The authors of this research obtained permission for this study through the ethics committee of Hannover Medical School, also the works council of this school. The researchers showed that to perform correct hand hygiene means increased amount of time needed. In order to spend the time on hand hygiene, it means taking time away from another task or patient, something as a nurse we are rushed to get done in a timely manner. However to keep patient’s from returning to the hospitals because of a healthcare acquired infection, it is imperative that we take the time to perform correct hand hygiene and spend that time doing it. A4. The author felt that further study needed to be performed since the study had only been done in one part of the hospital, such as in the OB ward, or outpatient. The strength showed that the need for more time to perform proper hand hygiene is a real problem and could potentially save cost for both the patient and the hospital. A5. This study shows the impact hand hygiene has on nursing and patients. For nursing, there never seems to be enough time to get task done and hand hygiene tends to get pushed back, but performing proper hand hygiene will help save cost for the hospital as well as the patient. All staff needs to take the time to perform proper hand hygiene, even if it means taking some time from another task. The end result will more than pay for itself.
- Spring '17
- Nursing, Wgu, Evidence Based Practice