Observation results of handwashing by health-care workers in a neonatal intensive care unit

Caglar S. , Yildiz S. , Savaser S.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, cilt.16, sa.2, ss.132-137, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 16 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1440-172x.2010.01821.x
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.132-137


This research was conducted as a descriptive study to determine the status of handwashing, which is important and an effective method of preventing and controlling hospital infections, by health-care workers in a neonatal intensive care unit and to make recommendations based on the results. The research sample included 28 health-care workers (physicians and nurses) who agreed to participate voluntarily in the study. A total of 344 observations were made of situations requiring handwashing. The health-care workers' handwashing compliance rate was 58.14% and no statistically significant difference between physicians and nurses was found in whether or not handwashing was done. However the percentage of handwashing compliance was higher for the nurses (62.50%) than for the physicians (52.63%). In the analysis of handwashing technique and duration, the physicians (23.75%) had a higher percentage of correct technique and duration than the nurses (13.33%), but the difference was not statistically significant.