Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

New research reveals inadequate hospital hand hygiene is spreading MRSA

24.07.2006
Unwashed hands in England’s hospitals are contributing to the spread of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and will continue unless healthcare professionals are taught to assess risk, reveals new research.

Evidence to support this claim was found during a research project which Dr Elizabeth Jenner, Principal Lecturer in Infection Control in the University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, conducted into healthcare professionals’ hand hygiene practices.

The research which was led by the University of Hertfordshire consisted of Professor Ben Fletcher, Head of the University’s School of Psychology, Dr Linda Miller, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Employment Studies (IES), Dr Fiona Jones, University of Leeds and Dr Geoff Scott, University College London Hospitals.

The findings which are published in The Journal of Hospital Infection showed that 38% of the research sample of 71 health professionals failed to wash their hands after contact with MRSA patients, while 25% failed to wash their hands after contact with faeces and 38% failed to wash their hands after contact with blood.

Dr Jenner commented: “Inadequate hand hygiene practice contributes to the 8% prevalence rate of hospital-acquired infection which is currently costing the NHS in England nearly £1 billion per annum.

MRSA is spread predominantly by unwashed hands. This is now endemic in most of our hospitals. In fact, England now has the worst MRSA bacteraemia rate in Europe.”

In a programme of eight research studies, undertaken under the University’s School of Psychology, the team looked at the implications of inadequate hand hygiene in hospitals, its role in the spread of infection, such as MRSA, and the effectiveness of practical demonstrations and hand hygiene posters in carrying the message.

The research culminated in a study which observed healthcare professionals on hospital wards and compared their hand hygiene behaviour with self-reports of their actions, taking particular note of practice when working with patients infected or colonised with MRSA.

Professor Ben Fletcher, Principal Supervisor of the research programme commented: “What is most worrying here is that healthcare professionals say one thing and they do another. There is no link between what they say and what they do.

“If we adopt a culture where we urge healthcare workers to treat everyone as if they are infected, then they stop risk assessing. They can’t wash their hands all the time, so we need to teach them how to risk assess.”

Helene Murphy | alfa
Further information:
http://www.herts.ac.uk

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Chronic stress induces fatal organ dysfunctions via a new neural circuit
21.08.2017 | Hokkaido University

nachricht New malaria analysis method reveals disease severity in minutes
14.08.2017 | University of British Columbia

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene

Whether you call it effervescent, fizzy, or sparkling, carbonated water is making a comeback as a beverage. Aside from quenching thirst, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have discovered a new use for these "bubbly" concoctions that will have major impact on the manufacturer of the world's thinnest, flattest, and one most useful materials -- graphene.

As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced "wonder" material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount. With that in mind,...

Im Focus: Exotic quantum states made from light: Physicists create optical “wells” for a super-photon

Physicists at the University of Bonn have managed to create optical hollows and more complex patterns into which the light of a Bose-Einstein condensate flows. The creation of such highly low-loss structures for light is a prerequisite for complex light circuits, such as for quantum information processing for a new generation of computers. The researchers are now presenting their results in the journal Nature Photonics.

Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are...

Im Focus: Circular RNA linked to brain function

For the first time, scientists have shown that circular RNA is linked to brain function. When a RNA molecule called Cdr1as was deleted from the genome of mice, the animals had problems filtering out unnecessary information – like patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders.

While hundreds of circular RNAs (circRNAs) are abundant in mammalian brains, one big question has remained unanswered: What are they actually good for? In the...

Im Focus: RAVAN CubeSat measures Earth's outgoing energy

An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate.

The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new...

Im Focus: Scientists shine new light on the “other high temperature superconductor”

A study led by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (MPSD) at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg presents evidence of the coexistence of superconductivity and “charge-density-waves” in compounds of the poorly-studied family of bismuthates. This observation opens up new perspectives for a deeper understanding of the phenomenon of high-temperature superconductivity, a topic which is at the core of condensed matter research since more than 30 years. The paper by Nicoletti et al has been published in the PNAS.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, superconductivity had been observed in some metals at temperatures only a few degrees above the absolute zero (minus...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Call for Papers – ICNFT 2018, 5th International Conference on New Forming Technology

16.08.2017 | Event News

Sustainability is the business model of tomorrow

04.08.2017 | Event News

Clash of Realities 2017: Registration now open. International Conference at TH Köln

26.07.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Nagoya physicists resolve long-standing mystery of structure-less transition

21.08.2017 | Materials Sciences

Chronic stress induces fatal organ dysfunctions via a new neural circuit

21.08.2017 | Health and Medicine

Scientists from the MSU studied new liquid-crystalline photochrom

21.08.2017 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>