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How Clean Are Your Doctor’s Hands?

Hand hygiene is, of course, of the utmost importance to those working in hospitals, particularly for doctors and nurses. Germs are easily spread in places like hospitals if hands are not clean, and with so many sick patients with lower immune systems, having the cleanest environment possible is an absolute necessity. Washing your hands should be as intuitive as breathing for doctors and nurses, but the question is, is it? Or should we be monitoring health care worker’s cleanliness?

A new study in California has suggested that even Doctors can fall victim to the Hawthorne Effect, where people will change their behaviour if they aware of being watched. Their study showed that hand hygiene compliance behaviour radically changed between health professionals who were aware of being evaluated, against those who were not.

But how much hand hygiene is enough anyway? Guidelines are so varied, but it is thought that doctors and nurses could have to wash their hands as much as a staggering 100 times over the course of an 8-hour shift to keep clean. Alcohol rubs are also seen to be the preferred method of cleaning hands, rather than traditional soap and water, as this is a more effective way to destroy bacteria and is also less aggravating to the skin. This is obviously not practical for any hard working health professional and other measures have to be taken too to keep hospital environments clean.

While hand hygiene is very important, it won’t make much of a difference if a patient’s surroundings are dirty anyway! That’s why you need to give Sanondaf a call today on 01236 702028, and we can help keep hospitals spic and span the way they should be. Plus, if reading this you know how lazy doctors and nurses can be with making sure to wash their hands, what do you think your office co-workers will be like?

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