The Effect of a Comprehensive Handwashing Program on Absenteeism in Elementary Schools
Hand hygiene education is significant
Two hundred ninety students from five independent schools were enrolled in the study. Each test classroom had a control classroom, and only the test classroom received the intervention (education program and hand sanitizer). Absenteeism data was collected for 3 months. The number of absences was 50.6% lower in the test group. The conclusion of the study strongly suggests that a hand hygiene program that combines education and use of a hand sanitizer in the classroom can lower absenteeism and be cost-effective. The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.