Wash Your Hands – Part 2
On average, infections complicate 8% to 10% of all hospital admissions; infection rates in the ICU occur at an even increased incidence. Studies have shown that as hand-hygiene rates improve, nosocomial (in hospital) infection rates go down.
Reasons associated with poor compliance for proper hand hygiene include higher professional status; reluctance to experience skin irritation; poor access to supplies; “being too busy”; inattention to existing protocols; and the wearing of gloves (which providers incorrectly think “negates” the need for hand hygiene.
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