Hand washing decreases during shift

Not only did hand hygiene compliance drop an estimated 8.7 percentage points from the beginning to the end of a typical 12-hour shift for an average health worker, but the decline was amplified by the number of patient encounters and how long they spent in patient rooms.

“In other words, a day in the saddle can indeed take its toll, in that immediate and continuous job demands result in a gradual reduction in compliance with professional standards over the course of day,” the US researchers wrote.

But the effect