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Nurses better than doctors on hand hygiene

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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.

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