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Reducing nosocomial infections in surgical ICUs in Sri Lanka: co-creating a safety culture using an eHealth intervention


Kariyawasam, N and Wong, MC and Turner, P, Reducing nosocomial infections in surgical ICUs in Sri Lanka: co-creating a safety culture using an eHealth intervention, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 247 pp. 276-280. ISSN 0926-9630 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IOS Press. This article is published online with Open Access by IOS Press and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-852-5-276


Nosocomial infections are a major public health risk more prevalent among vulnerable patients in intensive care units of lower and lower-middle income countries. Despite advances in health care, the prevalence of nosocomial infections is alarming. The reasons for these infections are multifactorial and include organisational, cultural and individual factors. This paper discusses the findings associated with research undertaken in six surgical intensive care units in Sri Lanka to evaluate the impact of an eHealth system prototype in contributing to the improvement of hand hygiene compliance and thereby reduction of nosocomial infections. Key findings include the necessity of reconsidering the way of calculating nosocomial infection rates, the importance of coupling interventions to feedbacks on outcomes and the role of the leaders as role models in inculcating positive behaviours.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Hand Hygiene compliance, Nosocomial infections, User Centred Design, eHealth
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health management
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Telehealth
UTAS Author:Kariyawasam, N (Mr Nadish Kariyawasam)
UTAS Author:Wong, MC (Dr Ming Wong)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:152745
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-08-24
Last Modified:2022-09-26
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