Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What does the research literature say about hand washing compliance rates in hospitals?

From a systematic review of all studies up to 2009:

We found an overall median compliance rate of 40%. Unadjusted compliance rates were lower in intensive care units (30%–40%) than in other settings (50%–60%), lower among physicians (32%) than among nurses (48%), and before (21%) rather than after (47%) patient contact.

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