Assessment of hand hygiene of nursing and medical students


  • Vanessa Dias da Silva Faculdade Grande Fortaleza
  • Joselany Áfio Caetano Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza-CE
  • Leonardo Alexandrino da Silva Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Marta Maria Costa Freitas Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio
  • Paulo César de Almeida Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Jorge Luís Nobre Rodrigues Hospital Universitário Walter Cantídio



Hand Disinfection, Infection Control, Students, Nursing, Medical.


Objective: to verify the ability of nursing and medical academics related to hand hygiene technique. Methods: this is a cross-sectional study carried out with 61 academics. Hands hygiene with 70.0% alcohol gel was used, in which Visirub® fluorescent dye was added, which allowed observing areas not contemplated during hand hygiene and investigation of the eight steps recommended by the World Health Organization. Results: 35.7% of nursing academics and 15.1% of medical students used the hand hygiene technique with 70.0% alcohol gel following the eight recommended steps. The least accomplished steps by the nursing academics were “rubbing the back of each hand with the back of the other”, as 46.4% did not perform it. Among medicine students, the least accomplished step was “rubbing the back of the fingers with the palm of the other hand”, by 63.6%. No scholar was able to contemplate all areas. Conclusion: no academic has been able to perform hand hygiene in all areas properly, hence the need to reinforce the correct technique.

Author Biography

Joselany Áfio Caetano, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza-CE

docente do departamento de Enfermagem UFC




How to Cite

Silva, V. D. da, Caetano, J. Áfio, Silva, L. A. da, Freitas, M. M. C., Almeida, P. C. de, & Rodrigues, J. L. N. (2017). Assessment of hand hygiene of nursing and medical students. Rev Rene, 18(2), 257–263.



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