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, improved 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 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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