Nurses are better than doctors at maintaining good hand hygiene practices – it’s official.
Irish nurse researchers at the University of Cork studied compliance with hand hygiene guidelines at four acute hospitals.
At 41%, doctors and medical students had the highest rate of non-compliance, at times when guidelines indicated that handwashing should have taken place.
They were followed by porters at 38%, technicians and physiotherapists at 33%, nurses and student nurses at 28% and HCAs at 21%.
The researchers highlighted that compliance was largely dependent on the culture of the individual hospital.