This worrying study in the USA of a 63% compliance rate for hygiene procedures is worrying after all the superbug problems we have seen in the last 10 years.
We all know that hospitals contain many patients all of who have differing conditions. Infection is one of them. Poor hygiene practice should be a thing of the past but in some places the simple message has not hit home.
There is a reason why some Health Systems have been able to eradicate super bugs from their hospitals and other not. Universal hygiene procedures can save lives and save health systems millions.
It may seem simple and maybe it is, but success lies with the individuals being disciplined in their approach. Lets hope future studies show and improvement.
A new study by students at the University of New Mexico assessed hygiene practices across 15 outpatient clinics. They found while 93 per cent of recommended policies were in place across the centers, just 63 per cent of medical staff actually compiled with CDC set hand hygiene guidelinesA team from the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Health Department assessed practices at 15 different outpatient facilities during the summer of 2014.Medical students interviewed staff working at the clinics, and found 93 per cent of recommended policies were in place across the 15 centres.However, when researchers observed staff behaviour, they found only 63 per cent compliance with recommended hand hygiene practices, and 66 per cent compliance with safe injection practices.