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Hospital-Acquired Infections -- The Real Story

Adam Aronson | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Aronson

While no one in health care doubts that increased hand hygiene will significantly reduce infections, the question has always been how to ensure that proper hand hygiene is consistently practiced.

Super Bowl Sanitation: "Washed Up" Giants Outpoint Docs

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 03.31.2012 | New York
Michael L. Millenson

Is the New York Giants' bathroom more sanitary than your hospital room? Could be. And that player cleanliness may even have helped send the team to the Super Bowl.

How Do You Get Doctors to Wash Their Hands?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

The field of medicine has understood the importance of hand washing for almost 200 years. The fact that you need signs, though, suggests that not everyone is washing their hands all the time. What kinds of signs are likely to be most effective?

Hand Washing: A Deadly Dilemma

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that health workers might be more motivated by messages that emphasize patients' welfare rather than their own?