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