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Hospitalized patients show poor hand-washing habits

from FierceHealthcare

Hospitals around the country focus efforts on improving employees' hand-hygiene compliance, but may want to spend more time encouraging hospitalized patients to wash their hands, according to a new study. Researchers found patients washed their hands during almost 30 percent of bathroom visits, about 39 percent during mealtimes, just more than 3 percent of kitchen visits, less than 3 percent of room entries and almost 7 percent of room exits, according to the abstract. This inattention to hand hygiene could contribute to transmission of pathogens from the hospital environment, researchers said. more

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