Hand hygiene low among doctors

Nurses are much better than doctors when it comes to hand hygiene, a new study finds. 

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%.

Washing hands before patient contact, before a procedure, after a procedure, after touching a patient and after touching the patient’s immediate environment, are known as WHO’s “Five moments for hand hygiene”.

Used as a measure of patient safety for all

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