Effect of ultra violet hand washing training on the performance of hand washing for non-professional frontline care workers in residential care homes for the elderly

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Effect of ultra violet hand washing training on the performance of hand washing for non-professional frontline care workers in residential care homes for the elderly

 

Author: Chan, Kit Fan
Title: Effect of ultra violet hand washing training on the performance of hand washing for non-professional frontline care workers in residential care homes for the elderly
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2013
Subject: Hand washing.
Medical personnel -- Training of.
Medical personnel -- Health and hygiene.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Pages: 79 leaves : col. ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2551442
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/6923
Abstract: Background: As infection risks in residential care homes increase while residents become frailer and multi drug resistant organisms emerge, hand washing performance by non-professional front line workers is important to control the transmission of diseases and prevent outbreaks. Effective hand washing training and its lasting effects are crucial to promote the hand hygiene for care workers and infection control in RCHEs especially when they encounter the difficulties arising from limited resources to provide a high level of care to the elderly in the homes. Objectives: The objective of the study is to evaluate ultra violet (UV) hand washing training the effects on improving hand washing techniques for non-professional frontline care workers in residential care homes for the elderly during a period of three months. Methods: An experimental study was conducted to explore the effect of hand washing training on improving hand washing techniques for non-professional frontline care workers in residential care homes for the elderly for a period of three months. A total of 126 subjects were recruited in the study with 62 in a control group and 64 in an experimental group. A hand washing training program without UV intervention was conducted for control group in the first training. A UV Glow germ was used as the intervention for the experimental group to allow visualization UV germ coverage on hands after incomplete coverage by hand washing. After three months, both participants in the control and experimental groups received UV hand washing training and had photos taken under flash and UV light to check for differences. Imaging analysis followed with evaluation of the proportion of residual fluorescence staining of hands by Santec/Tudor Dicom Viewer Version Software. All data and variables were analyzed by SPSS software. Results: A parametric two samples independent T-test was designed to test the effect of the UV hand washing training program. The proportion of residual fluorescence stain on the hands of the groups in the second training was found to be similar. Association between the variables of working experience, educational level and previous hand washing training without UV intervention for non-professional front line workers was found to be insignificant. Conclusion: The findings concluded the effect of the UV hand washing training program on performance of non-professional front line workers in RCHEs. The UV hand washing training program allowed direct visualization of the neglected area on hands after incomplete coverage by proper hand washing. From the outcome of this research, I would recommend the introduction of UV hand washing training for front line care workers in the RCHEs and other health care setting in the community.

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