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Study ID's Unexpected Germ Hotbed

hand_washing_shutterstock_630315251Hand hygiene is a critical component of infection prevention in hospitals, but the unintended consequences include water splashing out of a sink to spread contaminants from dirty faucets according to new research that was presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System assessed eight different designs across four intensive care units to determine how dirty sinks and faucets really are. They found that a shallow depth of the sink bowl enabled potentially contaminated water to splash onto patient care items, healthcare worker hands, and into patient care spaces – at times at a distance of more than four feet from the sink itself.   Read more
 


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