Protected by Our Aura of Invincibility

Speaking of H1N1 and handwashing:

A campaign to improve hand hygiene in NSW public hospitals has been a success, but doctors are still lagging behind nurses when it comes to keeping their hands clean, collaborative research from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission has found.


The proportion of nurses who cleaned their hands after patient interaction rose from 54.5 percent before the campaign, to just over 65 percent after the end of the campaign. During the same period, doctors’ figures rose from 29.6 percent to just under 39 percent.

Not to be snarkful, but is there a nurse alive who isn’t surprised by physicians not washing their hands?  But I don’t want to be too self-righteous: hand hygiene among nurses is pretty pathetic too, just not so much.


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