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PAULA, Danielle Galdino de et al. Hand hygiene in high-complexity sectors as an integrating element in the combat of Sars-CoV-2. Rev. Bras. Enferm. [online]. 2020, vol.73, suppl.2, e20200316.  Epub June 29, 2020. ISSN 1984-0446.


to perform a situational diagnosis of the behavior of health professionals concerning hand hygiene practices in highly-complex sectors.


this quantitative and retrospective study was based on reports (2016 and 2017) of Adult and Pediatric ICUs of a Federal hospital in Rio de Janeiro.


one thousand two hundred fifty-eight opportunities for hand hygiene were analysed. The chance of professionals sanitizing hands in Pediatric ICUs is 41.61% higher than in Adult ICUs. Concerning proper hand hygiene, the medical team had a 39.44% lower chance than the nursing team. Others had a 30.62% lower chance when compared to the nursing team. The moment “after contact with the patient” presented 4.5275 times the chance in relation “before contact with the patient”.


in front of hand hygiene recommendations to control COVID-19, diagnostic assessment and previous analysis of the behavior of professionals proved to be positive.

Keywords : SARS Virus; Hand Hygiene; Cross Infection; Intensive Care Units; Nursing.

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