Investigación y Educación en Enfermería
versão impressa ISSN 0120-5307
CORREA, Ione e MANUEL NUNES, Ivandra Mônica. Hand cleaning: Every day of the health professionals in a pediatric inpatient unit. Invest. educ. enferm [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.1, pp. 54-60. ISSN 0120-5307.
Objective. To describe behaviors related to hand cleaning in health professionals who work in the pediatric inpatient unit of a university hospital. Methodology. Descriptive study, in which the studied population was the sanitary staff who worked in a pediatric inpatient unit of a university hospital, there were a total of 43 people. Information was collected through an observation process and a survey applied on hand washing techniques, at the beginning of the study and a month later of the first one. Results. In just 7% of the observations, participants washed their hands before developing the procedure; one out of two followed the steps described in the technique. The most frequent failure in hand washing was presented in the step of rubbing the right hand palm over the left had dorsum, crossing the fingers and vice versa (18%). Conclusion. Participants of the study didnt have the habit to wash their hands according to the recommended technique. Data suggest the necessity to promote educational actions to change staff behaviors and attitudes towards the steps and techniques of hand washing before and after performing any procedure.
Palavras-chave : cross infection; handwashing; hospitalization.