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When Shanina Knighton began pursuing her doctorate in nursing in 2013, she set out to prove a theory. She’d noticed that, during the H1N1 pandemic, patient hand hygiene wasn’t prioritized the same way it was for health care providers.

Her take? Prioritizing this practice among patients as well would keep germs at bay and prevent disease spread in hospital settings.

Knighton decided she would give herself four years to prove her theory and, if it didn’t pan out, she would let it go.

She didn’t have to. Her research demonstrated a greater need for patients to be able to self-manage hand hygiene during inpatient stays. Ever since, Knighton, now an adjunct associate professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, worked to understand barriers patients face and uncover new methods to promote better hygiene practices, recently pivoting to technological solutions.
Her research came center stage in 2020 when another pandemic, COVID-19, overwhelmed health care systems worldwide and reinforced the need for better practices.

In recognition of World Hand Hygiene Day (May 5), we spoke with Knighton to learn more about reminders and takeaways from the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to washing your hands. Read on to learn Knighton’s thoughts.

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