One in four hospitals must improve hand-hygiene practices to prevent infections

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 15, 2015

Simple handwashing is the best known way to prevent hospital infections, but according to a report released last week by nonprofit hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, nearly one-quarter (23%) of hospitals surveyed have not implemented all the safe practices and policies recommended for proper hand hygiene. The results, as analyzed by Castlight Health, also indicate that while hospitals overall showed improvement in 2014 for hand hygiene, rural hospitals aren’t performing as well as their urban counterparts.

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