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Hand hygiene adherence rates ‘very low’ among staff in nursing homes

Date: Thu 21st November 2019

Researchers observed low rates of overall hand hygiene adherence among health care workers at six skilled nursing facilities, according to findings published in a recent study. They also found that glove use and job title were associated with higher hand hygiene adherence.

“Hand hygiene is the single most effective way of preventing infections in hospitals and nursing homes. Despite this, hand hygiene rates have historically been low, especially in nursing homes,” John P. Mills, MD, assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at Michigan Medicine, told Infectious Disease News. “In order to improve hand hygiene in these facilities we first need to understand why health care workers (HCWs) don’t always wash their hands.”

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