Hand-Washing Practices and Beliefs of Physicians

July 2004
Annals of Internal Medicine;7/6/2004, Vol. 141 Issue 1, p38
Academic Journal
The article throws light on the hand-washing practices and beliefs of physicians. Good hand hygiene involves cleansing hands before and after examining different patients or between examining an infected and a clean body site on the same patient. Cleansing may involve soap and water, water alone, or alcohol rubs. Although hand-washing is a simple task, research shows that doctors do not do it often enough. It was found that many factors influence doctors hand-washing practices. Some of them are: providing easy access to cleansing materials and improving attitudes toward hand hygiene, particularly among doctors working in technical specialties, merit emphasis.


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