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Hand washing more common in public restrooms than in hospitals

September 22, 2010
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WASHINGTON — People who use public restrooms are more likely to wash their hands than physicians in America''s hospitals, according to a press release.
Michael Millenson, a visiting scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, compared data from a recent survey of public restroom hygiene in the U.S. to hand hygiene compliance rates in U.S. hospitals and found that "the guy who just used the toilet at Grand Central Station is ... way more likely to have clean hands than the guy walking up to your bed at the local hospital."
A recent survey by the American Society for Microbiology and the American Cleaning Institute found that on average, 85 percent of adults washed their hands after using a public restroom, the release noted.
A 2009 American Journal of Medical Quality study measured a dismal 26 percent hand hygiene compliance rate for ICUs, the release stated.
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