Physiologic, microbiologic, and seasonal effects of handwashing on the skin of health care personnel.

@article{Larson1986PhysiologicMA,
  title={Physiologic, microbiologic, and seasonal effects of handwashing on the skin of health care personnel.},
  author={Elaine L. Larson and Kenneth J. McGinley and Gary Lee Grove and James J. Leyden and George Harrison Talbot},
  journal={American journal of infection control},
  year={1986},
  volume={14 2},
  pages={
          51-9
        }
}
The handwashing practices of 22 personnel on an oncology unit in an urban medical center were studied for 2 months. During 891 person-hours of observation, 986 handwashes were observed. Subjects washed a mean of 1.1 times an hour for a mean of 13.2 seconds. Reported and observed handwashing behavior was only moderately correlated (p = 0.05 for frequency, 0.30 for duration of handwashing). Physicians washed significantly less often (p less than 0.001), but more thoroughly (p less than 0.001… CONTINUE READING
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