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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 591879, 5 pages
Research Article

Hand Hygiene Practices in Medical Students: A Follow-Up Study

Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Qassim University, P.O. Box 6655, Buraidah 51452, Saudi Arabia

Received 8 April 2014; Accepted 20 August 2014; Published 29 October 2014

Academic Editor: Abdulrahman Saleh Al-Mulhim

Copyright © 2014 Sajad Ahmad Salati and Azzam Al Kadi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The study was conducted to study the impact of various measures instituted to improve hand hygiene practices of the medical students after having documented poor hand hygiene awareness and compliance in a study conducted in 2012. Methods. A self-designed questionnaire based on World Health Organization’s concept of “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” was used to evaluate the awareness of the indications of hand hygiene. Compliance was observed during Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) sessions. Fifty-one students participated voluntarily in the study. Results. The awareness and compliance of hand hygiene among the medical students in 2014 had shown statistically significant improvement () as compared to figures of the study conducted in 2012. Conclusion. Dedicated multifaceted intervention can improve the hand hygiene practices in medical students.