Refers to following or implementing a recommendation. In health care, the basis for this are the guidelines and recommendations of the professional associations. Measuring and monitoring compliance can be done through, for example, direct observation, automated tools, or consumption measurements. Relating to hygienic hand disinfection, compliance is particularly important to prevent nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections.
In the field of hygiene, compliance rules affect many different areas, including the dress code of healthcare staff, catheter care compliant with guidelines, or the disinfection of (frequently touched) surfaces.
The level of compliance with the rules is expressed in the compliance rate, indicating the number of correct actions performed in relation to the number of actions required.
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