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Study: Nurses better than docs on hand hygiene

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 1, 2008

Chances are that the nursing staff in your facility is doing a better job with hand-hygiene than physicians, according to a recent study in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

The study suggests an inverse relationship between the subject's level of professional education and the rate of hand washing, which could influence how facilities focus on and monitor hand hygiene training.

Nurses had a 91.3% compliance rate, while physicians came in at 72.4%.

To read the abstract, click here.

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