Doctors need a clean record in hand hygiene
IRISH doctors are not unique in having a poor record when it comes to washing their hands between hospital patients.
Several hygiene audits in other countries have found that they are the worst offenders among hospital staff. The latest figures from the Health Service Executive (HSE) show that more than three in 10 doctors were not taking precautions, despite knowing they are putting patients at risk of a potentially life-threatening infection like MRSA.
The HSE does not ask why doctors are breaching this cardinal infection control rule. But doctors have traditionally insisted they are busy people with many patients to examine and treat.