2020 Volume 35 Issue 1 Pages 58-62
Hand hygiene is the most basic and important tool in healthcare-associated infection control and prevention. Nursing students should be aware of the importance of hand hygiene and then be able to practice appropriate hand hygiene. I evaluated the hand hygiene behavior of first-grade nursing students in clinical training, because there are few surveys about the hand hygiene behavior of nursing students. I found that nursing students gave more priority to following nurses than to practicing hand hygiene. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the hand hygiene behaviors of first-grade nursing students having portable hand sanitizers in clinical training and to examine the effectiveness of having portable hand sanitizers. I conducted a self-record questionnaire survey at the end of the training. The survey focused on their hand hygiene behaviors at the necessary timings of hand hygiene, the reason they did not practice hand hygiene, which sanitizers they practiced hand hygiene in the portable group, and the impression for portable hand sanitizers. In the portable group, the ratio of students who were able to practice hand hygiene behavior was increased, and students tended to use portable hand sanitizers. Thus, even in clinical training where students do not render nursing care to patients, using portable hand sanitizers may be effective in increasing hand hygiene compliance.