Hand cleaning is the single most effective way to control the spread of disease, so it makes sense that proper education is a key priority for healthcare facilities. Given the patient safety implications, lack of proper hand hygiene compliance should not be tolerated.
Some healthcare facilities have implemented their own initiatives to help drive better compliance:
Are these initiatives extreme? Absolutely not, considering the fact that MRSA, a superbug that resists antibiotics, is a bigger factor in healthcare than it ever has been before. In 1993, there were less than 2,000 cases reported and in 2005 there were nearly 368,000 cases. Proper hand hygiene is more critical now than ever.
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