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Authors:  (Edith Salès-Wuillemin, Rachel Morlot, Aurélie Fontaine, Daniel Talon, University of Paris, Parisian Social Psychology Laboratory, Paris, France, and others)
Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAI) significantly affect patients, prolong
hospital stays and present a major challenge for the quality of patient care. In
France, around 4,500 individuals die every year from an HAI (Government
Statistics, 2010). Hand hygiene studies focusing on beliefs and practices may
be helpful for reducing hospital-acquired infections and promoting long-term
compliance with appropriate hand hygiene practices (Salès-Wuillemin et al.
2010). This chapter presents the findings of three studies investigating social
representations of hygiene among healthcare workers (nurses and healthcare
assistants). The central purpose of this research is to understand the core
beliefs and practices associated with hygiene. The first study is based on selfreported
questionnaires, including a verbal association task aimed at
measuring beliefs (N=145). The second study is based on explanatory
interviews (Salès-Wuillemin et al. 2009) examining the core beliefs
expressed in the questionnaires (N=26). The third study is based on
individual observations of the hand hygiene practices used by healthcare
workers during routine patient care (N=32). The questionnaire responses
underlined representations structured around two items common to both
groups of healthcare workers: ‘cleanliness’ and ‘hand-washing’. An analysis
of the interviews conducted as part of this research indicates that
‘cleanliness’ means ‘without germs or microbes’ for nurses and ‘clean,
without traces’ for healthcare assistants. An analysis of the hand-washing
practices used by participants (conducted with the help of an infection
control nurse specialist) indicates that the use of hydro-alcoholic solutions is
problematic. Because hydro-alcoholic solutions do not require the use of
water and do not lather, there is a low acceptance of hand hygiene techniques
based on hydro-alcoholic solutions. Hydro-alcoholic solutions are used to
comply with hand-washing regulations since they enable quick handwashing,
and tend to be used solely for care procedures that are assumed to
be low-risk for healthcare professionals. Healthcare worker compliance with
hand hygiene practices is associated with specific work and system
constraints, as well as a number of key factors related to knowledge and
social representations. 

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