Improved hand hygiene has no impact on superbug rates, study says

05/5/2013 | BeckersASC.com

The rate of hand hygiene compliance at hospitals in Ontario, Canada, increased from 2008 to 2011, but the rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections did not decrease over the same time period, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Rates of Clostridium difficile cases declined in 2009, but not in 2010 or 2011, the study said. The study evaluated data from 166 acute-care hospitals from October 2008 through December 2011.

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