Hygiene-free hospitals? New study suggests that medical staff DON’T actually wash their hands in almost 40 percent of all cases
Most people think of hospitals and clinics as being among of the cleanest places to be, but the reality is much different, especially in the United States.
As reported by the Daily Mail Online, a disturbing number of medical staff at outpatient centers are routinely neglecting to follow standard hygiene policies that were adopted as a means of tamping down infections, according to experts.
A new study has found that doctors, nurses and other medical staff do not follow guidelines for hand washing and cleansing more than 37 percent of the time, as well as established policies for safe injection practices more than one-third of the time. The researchers noted that following the recommended hygiene and preventive infection policies is vital to reducing incidences of hospital-caused infections.
A research team from the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Health examined practices at 15 different outpatient facilities during the summer of 2014. Medical students interviewed staffers who worked at the clinics and found that 93 percent of recommended policies were actively in place among the centers.