WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that
two out of three medical students don't know when to clean their
Researchers gave seven scenarios to 85 third-year medical
students at Hannover Medical School, in Germany, and asked them to
identify which of the situations required hand hygiene.
Only 33 percent of the students correctly identified the five
scenarios that required hand hygiene: before contact with a
patient; before preparation of intravenous fluids; after removal of
gloves; after contact with the patient's bed and after contact with
Only 21 percent of the students correctly identified the five
correct and two incorrect situations.
The researchers also found that the medical students expected
their own hand hygiene would be better than nurses', even though
studies show that nursing students have a higher rate of
hand-hygiene compliance than medical students.
"There is no doubt that we need to improve the overall attitude toward the use of alcohol-based hand rub in hospitals," researchers concluded in a journal news release. "To achieve this goal, the adequate behavior of so-called 'role models' is of particular importance."
The study appears in the December issue of the
American Journal of Infection Control.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more