As the NHS continues to face workforce challenges, the attention this week has focused on how the recruitment of people from outside of the UK might look after the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The washing or decontamination of hands by health care workers is acknowledged to be crucial in preventing the transmission of infections (Larson et al, 1995), but studies have demonstrated poor compliance with this simple intervention (Pittet et al, 1999). This article describes work undertaken at Lewisham Hospital to improve hand hygiene and summarises the results published by Rao et al (2002).
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