Hand Washing: Time Well Spent – Washington Post

We Need Carrots and Sticks to Reduce Infection Rates
Published: August 05, 2008

One morning on hospital rounds, I saw a physician colleague enter the intensive care unit where a patient lay intubated and sedated. With his hands unwashed and ungloved, the physician palpated the patient’s abdomen, scratched his own head and then placed his stethoscope on the patient’s chest to listen to his heart. Then he walked to the nurses station, rubbed his nose and entered a note in the patient’s chart. Read More

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