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Our results revealed positive perception of importance of hand hygiene among 44% of KFHU physicians.
[4] In our study, it was observed that alcohol-based handrub was available in all the departments of KFHU. Moreover, the positive perception of its usefulness in improving adherence confirms that it is a crucial part of multimodal interventions for promoting hand hygiene.
The study was approved by the regional Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee of Saudi Board of Family Medicine, University of Dammam, and KFHU number (KFHUEXEM 0038).
We developed a checklist to assess the availability of resources of hand hygiene in all the departments of KFHU (outpatients clinics and inpatient wards), which included: availability of running water and alcohol-based handrub in each clinic and ward, types of alcohol-based handrub used, safe place out of reach of children, and the availability of creams and disposable gloves in each department.
KFHU Physician's Perception of Importance of Hand Hygiene
Two-thirds of KFHU physicians reported that: (a) the health-care facility makes alcohol-based handrub always available at each point of care, (b) it is important to perform a good hand hygiene when caring for patients, (c) leaders and senior managers support and openly promote hand hygiene, and (d) clear, simple instructions for hand hygiene are made visible for every HCP.
The major goal of the current study was to assess the human and nonhuman resources for hand hygiene at King Fahad Hospital of University (KFHU).
This study showed that the majority of the KFHU physicians possessed good to fair knowledge about hand hygiene (83%).
An educational program involving all the physicians at the KFHU might be necessary to enhance hand hygiene.