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Journal Article

Tell me how pleased you are with your workplace, and I will tell you how often you wash your hands.

Sholomovich L, Magnezi R. American journal of infection control. 2017;45:677-681.

Health care–associated infections (HAIs) are a significant source of preventable harm to patients. Although prior research has shown that clean hands are essential for reducing HAIs, health care institutions continue to struggle with hand hygiene compliance. In this study, investigators surveyed 400 nurses at a pediatric hospital and found a positive correlation between psychological safety and belief in personal responsibility for preventing the spread of infection. The authors argue that improving the psychological safety of staff may augment the response to hand hygiene initiatives.