QI Story: Enhancing Hand Hygiene Compliance for Infection Prevention at Nyahera Sub County Hospital, Kenya

Author: Risper Oyaa MOH, Nyahera Sub County

The initiative, led by Risper Oyaa at Nyahera Sub County Hospital, focuses on enhancing hand hygiene compliance for infection prevention. Hand hygiene is a crucial measure, reducing Healthcare-associated Infections (HAIs) by up to 70%, including diarrhea-related illnesses and respiratory infections. The approach involves comprehensive audits and observations across departments like Outpatient, Inpatient, Maternity, and Laboratory. The assessments aim to monitor compliance through observation, identify improvement opportunities, and record corresponding actions. The study calculates compliance rates, conducts baseline assessments, provides training, and evaluates the impact on hand hygiene practices. The commitment of healthcare professionals and institutions is emphasized for establishing routine hand hygiene practices, creating safer healthcare environments.

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