Hand hygiene is a hot topic all the time since it is a simple yet effective way to prevent infection. For the staff who work in the hospital, they need to perform hand hygiene thousands of times. Hospital-acquired infections are caused by viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens. The most common types of infections are bloodstream infections, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections. There are many articles that emphasize the benefits of hand hygiene and the decreasing rates of hospital-acquired infections. However, few of these articles focus on the education aspect of hand washing. The author reviews the articles focus on the education, hand hygiene, and hospital-acquired infections. Searching for whether education has influence on the hand washing compliance and hospital-acquired infections and investigating how education influences hospital-acquired infection and hand washing compliance. As a result, synthesizing the different methods to educate staff would be helpful for the future research.

Date of publication

Spring 4-23-2020

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters in education