Date of Award

Fall 9-28-2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Marjorie Geisz-Everson

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Dr. Mary Jane Collins

Committee Member 2 Department



Hand hygiene is considered to be the far more superior method for preventing the spread of bacteria from a patient care provider to the patient (Allegranzi & Pittet, 2009; Rowlands et al., 2014; Tartari & Mamo, 2011). The addition of easily accessible hand hygiene devices to the anesthesia carts in the operating room may help to improve the opportunities for the anesthesia providers to perform hand hygiene. Hand sanitizer devices were placed on each of the eight anesthesia carts located in the surgery department of a rural hospital in south Mississippi. The devices were measured weekly for a two-week period of time, in order to determine if they were being utilized by the anesthesia providers. The final measurement was subtracted from the initial starting measurement to determine if they anesthesia providers were utilizing the devices. All eight of the hand sanitizer devices showed a decrease in the remaining contents. Email surveys were sent to the anesthesia providers to obtain feedback on this project. The anesthesia providers agreed that the hand sanitizer devices were able to improve the opportunities for them to perform hand hygiene.

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Nursing Commons