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Healthcare workers often skip basic hand hygiene
April 25, 2016, 2:25 pm

Over a third of the staff at outpatient healthcare facilities in the US were not following recommended hand hygiene procedures. Many also fell short on injection safety, putting patients at increased risk for infection, says a new study.

For the study, the researchers looked at 15 outpatient facilities. The investigators found that though nearly all had outpatient infection control policies in place, yet, staff at the facilities failed to follow proper hand hygiene 37 percent of the time and safe injection procedures were not followed one-third 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," said study author Dr. Deborah Thompson and her colleagues.

The study authors said it is critical to verify that infection safety procedures are in place and being followed. They added that there have been outbreaks and infection transmissions due to these types of infection prevention breaches. "These findings highlight the need for ongoing quality improvement initiatives regarding infection prevention policies and practices in outpatient settings," the study authors concluded.

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