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Evaluation of a Handwashing Intervention to Reduce Respiratory Illness Rates in Senior Day‐Care Centers
Ann R. Falsey , MD, Mary M. Criddle , RN, John E. Kolassa , PhD, Robert M. McCann , MD, Christine A. Brower , BS and William J. Hall , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 20, No. 3 (March 1999), pp. 200-202
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501612
Page Count: 3
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ABSTRACT To decrease respiratory infections in senior day care, staff were educated on viral transmission and the value of hand washing. Fanny packs with alcohol foam supplemented hand washing and were alternated monthly between centers. Infection rates were unchanged with alcohol foam use. The intervention year’s infection rate was significantly lower than the previous 3 years, suggesting a benefit of education.
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