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Nevada safety bill advocates handwashing in hospitals

May 06, 2011
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CARSON CITY, NV — On Thursday, there was a State Senate Committee meeting in regard to a bill that would require safety checklists in hospitals that include mention of handwashing as a written option for hand sanitization, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The lawmakers that passed Assembly Bill 280 did so only after modifying the language that noted that heath care workers needed to "wash their hands before and after every interaction with a patient and after coming into contact with a surface or object that may be contaminated," the story stated.

The line was removed due to some contention that the line sends the wrong message to patients, the story noted.

However, Steve Winters, a resident of Reno who became an advocate of patient safety following the avoidable death of his mother due to an infection from unclean hands, stated that there are bacteria that are not killed by alcohol pastes and, therefore, hands should always be washed, the story added.

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