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Tracking and controlling soft surface contamination in health care settings

Author(s): Sexton, J. D., Wilson, A. M., Sassi, H. P., Reynolds, K. A.

The Environmental Services Perspective on Hospital Room Design: A Mixed-Methods Approach

Author(s): Patterson, E. S., Sanders, E., Sommerich, C. M., Evans, K. D., Lavender, S. A., Li, J.

Antimicrobials in Hospital Furnishings: Do They Help Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections?

Author(s): Schettler, T.

Surface Finish Materials: Considerations for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Author(s): Harris, D.
In this literature review, it is shown that a growing body of research has been focusing on how surface material finishes within neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) can contribute to the operational, clinical, and social aspects of health outcomes.
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Analysis of contemporary hospital infrastructure pertaining to infection prevention in Germany

Author(s): Stiller, A., Schröder, C., Gropmann, A., Schwab, F., Behnke, M., Geffers, C., Holzhausen, J., Sunder, W., Gastmeier, P.

Environmental factors and their association with emergency department hand hygiene compliance: an observational study

Author(s): Carter, E. J., Wyer, P., Giglio, J., Jia, H., Nelson, G., Kauari, V. E., Larson, E. L.
Adherence to proper hand hygiene procedures has been repeatedly shown to help prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Emergency departments (EDs) often experience environmental conditions such as crowding and subsequently end up using non-traditional patient care areas such as hallways to administer treatment. It is possible that the use of non-traditional patient care areas contributes to lower levels of hand hygiene compliance.
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Visitor characteristics and alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispenser locations at the hospital entrance: Effect on visitor use rates

Author(s): Hobbs, M. A., Robinson, S., Neyens, D. M., Steed, C.
Proper hand hygiene is one of the most effective measures in the effort to prevent transmission of nosocomial pathogens in clinical settings. Previous studies have shown how healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) could be traced back to the spread of germs from hospital employees, patients, and visitors. While there is a large body of research on improving hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers, there is a lack of similar studies aimed towards compliance among hospital visitors.
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Presence of human noroviruses on bathroom surfaces: a review of the literature

Author(s): Leone, C. M., Tang, C., Sharp, J., Jiang, X., Fraser, A.

Impact of sink location on hand hygiene compliance after care of patients with Clostridium difficile infection: a cross-sectional study

Author(s): Deyneko, A., Cordeiro, F., Berlin, L., Ben-David, D., Perna, S., Longtin, Y.
Hand hygiene is typically identified as the most important infection control measure. Many healthcare settings have adopted alcohol-based hand rub solutions because they are extremely easy to use, are accessible, and are effective against microbes. One limitation of alcohol-based hand rubs, however, is their ineffectiveness against spore-forming organisms such as Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Thus, hand washing in sinks rather than rubbing with solutions is highly recommended after caring for patients with CDI.
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Promoting Hand Hygiene With a Lighting Prompt

Author(s): Diegel-Vacek, L., Ryan, C.