Study shows how high hand hygiene compliance directly impacts infection rates

Posted: Monday, August 17, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

Currently, most hospitals isolate patients with infections such as MRSA.  This practice can cost millions annually and often results in patient anxiety, depression and fewer visits by healthcare workers.  A study by Virginia Commonwealth University shows that infection rates can be drastically reduced by simply increasing hand hygiene compliance, saving the hospital money and reducing the need for patient isolation.  The 2012 study shows a 95% reduction in MRSA infections over a nine year period.

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