posted on Mar, 31 2014 @ 06:43 AM
reply to post by Pardon?
Did you read the study or did you just look at it's location?
Yes I did, and the results are impressive . . . in England and Wales . . . when health care workers actually do what they should have already been
Did you read the article?
The main components of the campaign comprised provision of alcohol hand rub at the bedside, distribution of posters reminding healthcare workers to
clean their hands, regular audit and feedback of compliance, and provision of materials empowering patients to remind healthcare workers to clean
The focus of the campaign was to get health care workers to keep their hands clean . . . not visitors. The improvements are a result of health care
workers doing what they should have already been doing.
I'm not sure where you get the bit about visitors from this study. Would it be helpful if visitors also washed their hands? Probably, but it's not
addressed in the study you cited, if I'm mistaken please let me know; and it's unlikely the improvements would be on the same scale, since visitors
are unlikely to have been handling other sick patients to the same degree and in the same numbers that health care workers are.
The study/campaign you cite suggests that negligence on the part of health care workers, not visitors, is responsible for a large number of
preventable infections and when health care workers actually do what they're supposed to do, those numbers drop dramatically.
I'll also mention that preventable infections are only one cause of the preventable deaths tallied in the study I cited.