Poor Patient Hygiene Increases Hospital Infection Risk

STAMFORD, Conn. — Hospital patients may be at risk of infection due to their own poor hand hygiene, according to a new study.

A University of Toronto study, published in the October 2014 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology entitled “Measurement of patient hand hygiene in multi-organ transplant units using a novel technology: an observational study,” analyzed the movement and behavior of staff, patients and equipment in a Toronto hospital. Researchers used the Hospital Watch Live System from Toronto-based health care IT company Infonaut.

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