Health Care Workers Skip Hand Washing One-Third of the Time

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Outpatient facility staff also found to be lacking at safe injection practices.
Outpatient facility staff also found to be lacking at safe injection practices.

HealthDay News -- Staff at many outpatient health care facilities in New Mexico failed to follow recommendations for hand hygiene more than one-third of the time, according to findings published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

For the study, the researchers looked at 15 outpatient facilities. The investigators found 9% had US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outpatient infection control policies in place.

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Staff at the facilities failed to follow proper hand hygiene 37.0% of the time, the researchers found. And safe injection procedures weren't followed 21.6% of the time.

"This project highlights the importance of assessing both the report of recommended infection prevention policies and practices, as well as behavior compliance through observational audits," the authors wrote.

Reference

Thompson D, Bowdey L, Brett M, Cheek J. Using medical student observers of infection prevention, hand hygiene, and injection safety in outpatient settings: A cross-sectional survey. Am J Infect. 2016;44(4):374-380. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2015.11.029.

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