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Doctors & Nurses: Please Wash Your Hands First | Care2 Causes

Doctors & Nurses: Please Wash Your Hands First | Care2 Causes

Here’s some disquieting news courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention : The compliance rate for health professionals, including doctors and nurses, washing their hands in American hospitals is only about 40 percent — meaning that, about 60 percent of health professionals in hospitals don’t wash up before coming into contact with patients. A 2009 report from the Joint Commission , which accredits more than 19,000 hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers, says that health professionals skip hand washing for a variety of reasons: Some doctors said their hands were usually too full when they walked into a patient’s room. Others complained that too much soap dried out their hands or said the placement of sinks and gel dispensers was inconvenient. All those reasons for not washing one’s hands — especially if one is about to come into contact with...

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