What’s your hand hygiene?

By Calvin C. Kuo, MD

Despite a choice of agents and techniques, adherence is challenging

I’ll never forget my first simulated clinical patient exam in medical school. After entering the exam room, I introduced myself to the patient and shook his hand. The proctor immediately interjected and told me that I had failed the first test. She made the point that we, as healthcare providers, should cleanse our hands before as well as after every patient contact.

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