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Technology-Assisted Observation Can Improve Hand Hygiene

Healthcare providers know that hand hygiene is key to reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). And yet, despite that knowledge and countless hours of staff education – not to mention investments in cute posters and handwashing systems – ...

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3 Steps to Improve Direct Observation

We’ve been frequent critics of using Direct Observation to measure and impact hand hygiene performance (more here). Still, we hear from some hospitals who report that they can’t invest in an electronic hand hygiene reminder system this year…so ...

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Becker's Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review: 5 Reasons Direct Observation Is No Longer the Gold Standard

Hand hygiene is widely recognized as the most important foundational aspect in reducing Healthcare Associated Infections. Measuring clinicians’ hand hygiene performance rates is critical to being able to address this problem. Until recently, the on...

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The Impossible Duality of Direct Observation

The Impossible Duality of Direct Observation

Some claim that Direct Observation (D.O.) is the best method to both (A) measure, and (B) change hand hygiene behavior. We assert that D.O. can do one or the other, but not both. (And it does neither particularly effectively, which we’ll get to lat...

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Direct Observation: the “Fool’s Gold” Standard

Direct Observation: the “Fool’s Gold” Standard

fool’s gold (ˈfo͞olz ˌɡōld): something that you think will be very pleasant or successful but is not. Direct observation is no longer the gold standard in hand hygiene performance monitoring. Direct observation is, rather, the “Fool’s ...

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