Changing One Word to Get Health-Care Workers to Wash Their Hands
09/01/11 - By Katherine Hobson
(Excerpt from article)
"Ah, the simple act of hand-washing. It's a simple, cheap way to prevent spreading infection in hospitals. And yet, research suggests compliance with so-called "hand hygiene" guidelines is less than 50% in many hospitals.
Proposed solutions have included penalizing doctors and nurses who don't follow the rules, sending in undergrad volunteers to look over the shoulders of staff, using video surveillance to identify offenders and employing high-tech sensors to gauge whether a health-care worker has recently used alcohol gel."