Most Patients Are Reluctant To Ask Doctors To Wash Their Hands, Study Finds

Posted: 11/14/2012 | By Katherine Harmon

More than 1.7 million Americans acquire health care-associated infections each year while in the hospital or doctor’s office, some of them antibiotic resistant. Many such infections could be prevented with simple hygiene measures, such as doctors and nurses frequently washing their hands.

Now a survey finds that many patients are reluctant to ask medical folks to lather up. 

Researchers surveyed 200 hospital patients who were at risk for—or had previously had—a hospital-acquired infection. Nearly 100 percent of them agreed that health care workers should wash their hands before and after seeing a patient. But just 54 percent….”