Literature Search for my Research Article

Now, I am not going to lie about this, this assignment was not my favorite in the least. Here I am just a little over a month away from graduation and I have this huge project sitting in front of me, scary I know, right?

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Well, I have definitely been ahead of all my work until now. This assignment has been in the works for just about a month, for the last about 3 weeks I have had 3 sources on my chart up until yesterday when I sat down in the library for 2 and a half hours and banged out 10 more sources I can use for my RA. I have been feeling the nerves and the stress about this RA and AP laying on my shoulders however I know once I complete them both I will feel the up most accomplishment I can considering how complicated my topic is. Until then, I plan to keep plugging away at these two huge pieces of the semester! Also, please bare with me as this chart makes this post extra long! Also quick side note: my citation will be completed once I use the source in my RA so yes, I know I don’t have them in the chart currently!

*Note: this chart is subject to change if I find more sources.*

Article Title Citation Words Used To Find Article Disciplines Main Concept Quotes (How I’ll use it in RA)
Wash Your Hands! Handwashing & history Medical / Science  

Hand washing history

“Nevertheless, approximately 5% to 10% of all hospitalized patients in the developed world acquire infections from health care workers who forgot to wash their hands”
Hygiene Fast Facts Hand washing with soap and water statistics Medical / Science / Nursing CDC recommend-ations for cleanliness “It is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50%”
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives Hand washing with soap and water statistics Medical / Science / Nursing CDC how correct hand washing can save lives “Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy.”
The Right Way to Wash Your Hands Hand washing Medical / Science / Nursing WHO’s discovery of how to wash your hands correctly “A new study found that the six-step hand-hygiene technique recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) killed greater numbers of germs than the more general, three-step instructions of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”
FDA Seeks Proof of Safety, Effectiveness of Hand-Sanitizing Products Hand washing in hospitals Medical /

Science /


The FDA’s opinion on whether or not alcohol-based hand sanitizers are successful “The Food and Drug Administration is proposing a requirement that makers of antibacterial hand sanitizing products submit data on safety and effectiveness if they want to stay on the market.”
The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ Filled World Hand washing and history Medical / Science / Nursing A book about surviving in a germ infested world “Many species of bacteria dwell on our skin; one study found that more than a thousand different species make up the human skin microbiome, the community of bacteria that live on our skin, all over the body”
Hand Hygiene – routine social hand wash Hand washing and hand hygiene Medical / Science / Nursing Video about hand washing A great video going over hand washing (listen for quotes)
Hand Washing and Surgical Hand Antisepsis Hand washing and hand hygiene Medical / Science / Nursing Is hand washing effective when practitioners perform it “Hand washing is an effective method of reducing the transmission of organisms from one person to another. However, there remains confusion as to how effective healthcare practitioners are at performing this basic infection control measure”
Experiences of hand hygiene among acute care nurses: An interpretative phenomeno-logical analysis Hand sanitizing and hand hygiene Medical / Science / Nursing A study done to determine hand hygiene in acute care nurses “This theme includes examples in which participants described how to attain hygiene. For participants, personal attainment was achieved either primarily through soap and water or primarily through sanitizer or, in some instances, using a combination of soap followed by sanitizer. Nurses who preferred soap tended to self-associate this with mature age. We clustered those findings in a subtheme titled soap is for old people”
Compliance with Hand Hygiene Guidelines: Where Are We in 2008? Hand sanitizing and hand care Medical / Science / Nursing Hand hygiene guidelines and compliance to it “The increased use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers at many health care institutions has made hand hygiene more convenient and less time-consuming. Hand sanitizers reduce the need for sinks. The dispensers are small and can be made accessible at every stage of patient care; some dispensers can be worn or carried in a pocket.”
Hand Washing Hand washing and hopsitals Medical / Science / Nursing / Health Care Overview of hand washing in hospitals “Common sense and nursing research tells us there is at least one simple intervention, known about for at least two centuries, which would cost very little to implement: hand washing, the simple act of applying hot soapy water to our manual extremities before and after treatment of patients.”
Hand Sanitizer Alert Hand sanitizer Medical / Science /  Nursing Hand sanitizer and its effects “Some products marketed to the public as antimicrobial hand sanitizers are not effective in reducing bacterial counts on hands. In the course of a classroom demonstration of the comparative efficacy of hospital-grade antimicrobial soap and alcohol-based sanitizers, a product with 40 percent ethanol as the active ingredient was purchased at a retail discount store”
Ingestion of hand sanitizer by a hospitalized patient with a  history of alcohol abuse Hand sanitizer and alcohol Medical / Science / Nursing Study based off an alcoholic patient who consumed hand sanitizer “A 46-year-old man with a medical history significant for bipolar disorder, chronic hepatitis C, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and alcohol abuse was treated at a tertiary medical center after being found unconscious in a local grocery store. The patient later said he ingested an unknown amount of alcohol containing hand sanitizer and mouthwash for intentional alcohol abuse.”


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  1. Heather, all looks good so far. Depending on source type, (and type of citation) consider how the data will be cited. Why is this topic so important, and to whom is it useful? Have you found data which does a comparative analysis of hand sanitizer vs. soap and water? Who first figured out that hand washing is beneficial? I like your reflective process at work here as well, especially the idea how productive carving out time can be in the end. It’s amazing how much I can accomplish when I sit uninterrupted — that’s when I’m able to “move into my zone” and get on a good roll. Nice post!

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