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Study: Doctors Worst at Handwashing Compliance

March 14, 2012 — Doctors are the least likely hospital staff members to wash their hands, according to a recent study by Ireland’s Health Service Executive on hand hygiene compliance, reports The Irish Times.

In an audit of 42 hospitals in Ireland, doctors washed their hands on 68 percent of the opportunities open to them. Auxiliary staff washed their hands 79 percent of the time, while nurses did so almost 84 percent of the time. Other health care staff, including social workers and physiotherapists, washed their hands most frequently at almost 85 percent of the time.

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