Nebraska Western Iowa Veterans Affairs Health Care System

Omaha, NE, United States

Nebraska Western Iowa Veterans Affairs Health Care System

Omaha, NE, United States
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Bittner M.J.,Nebraska Western Iowa Veterans Affairs Health Care System | Bittner M.J.,Creighton University | Routh J.M.,Nebraska Western Iowa Veterans Affairs Health Care System | Routh J.M.,University of Iowa | And 6 more authors.
Wisconsin Medical Journal | Year: 2017

Background: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended teaching patients to remind health care workers to disinfect their hands. However, cognitive impairment among patients may hamper such efforts. Methods: The St. Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) Examination was administered to randomly selected inpatients at the Omaha VA Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. We asked patients and their families about attitudes toward reminding health care workers to disinfect their hands: willingness, feeling comfortable, and feeling responsible. Results: Of 143 patients, 94 completed SLUMS; 9 had normal mental status and appropriate attitudes. Overall, 16 encounters involved patients or family who were well-suited for giving reminders. Conclusion: Programs to encourage hospitalized adults to remind staff to perform hand hygiene may encounter barriers related to cognitive impairment and attitudes. © 2017 Wisconsin Medical Society.

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