Hand hygiene low among doctors

Doctors need to pay more attention to hand washing, a new study finds, despite the introduction of a national program in 2009 to lift hand hygiene standards in Australian hospitals.

Research conducted by UNSW shows that doctors neglected to wash their hands before touching a patient about 40% of the time. However, nurses were found to be much more hygienic with compliance rates averaging around 80%.

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