Handwashing Policies in Healthcare Settings Ought to Include Patients

Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) continue to present risks to the health and safety of patients. Hand hygiene for healthcare professionals and staff in hospitals and other healthcare facilities is a valuable strategy to reduce the spread of infection. But what about patients’ hand hygiene?

New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine looked at the role of patient hand washing in the transmission of infection. The researchers found that one in four patients transferred from an acute care setting to a post-acute setting had superbugs on their hands. You can read a summary of the JAMA study here.

MLMIC supports the concept that finding new ways to address the spread of infection in healthcare is worthwhile, and we encourage our insured physicians and facilities to consider how they address hand hygiene not only for healthcare professionals but also for patients.