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Hand hygiene as vital for patients as for nurses

Date: Mon 20th May 2019

Better hand hygiene among hospital patients is crucial to curb the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria - according to latest research from the USA.

A study from the University of Michigan (UoM), published this month in Clinical Infectious Diseases, found that almost a third (29 per cent) of objects that patients commonly touch - such as nurse call buttons, bedside trays and other ‘high touch' surfaces in patients' hospital rooms - were contaminated with a multi-drug resistant organism.

The research team visited the rooms of 399 general medicine inpatients at two hospitals in Michigan and took samples from their bodies and often-touched surfaces as early as possible in their stay.

Fourteen per cent had multi-drug resistant organisms on their hands or nostrils during the early part of their time in hospital.

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