Canadian study finds disparities in hand washing recommendations

Accreditation Connection, February 13, 2009

A recent discussion between Ontario and federal officials uncovered disparities in the amount of time spent on hand hygiene across the country, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

The report cites a recent study by the McGill University Health Centre, which found that only one in four doctors washed their hands between patients in certain wards. Nurses complied at a higher but still alarmingly low rate—roughly 40-50%. The time spent washing also ranged from 10 to 20 seconds, much lower than the recommended times.

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