Compliance of hand hygiene in maintaining the catheter for hemodialysis

ABSTRACT Objective: to assess the compliance of the practice of hand hygiene in maintaining the temporary double-lumen catheter for hemodialysis, through the use of process indicator at the University Hospital of the University of São Paulo. Method: a quantitative, exploratory, descriptive, observational study. Sample consists of 155 observations of patients with catheter from March to November 2011, using the Maintenance Indicator Temporary Dual Lumen Catheter for Hemodialysis. Results: the overall compliance rate was 65.8%. Of the 13 specific components evaluated, 9 (69.2%) had 100% compliance. Hand hygiene by health professionals presented one of the worst rates (83.9%). Conclusion: it is necessary to implement strategies to reduce the rates of non-compliance, improve quality of care and safety of patients with catheter, and explore factors that affect the process, such as structural issues, and behavioral materials.