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Good hand hygiene is essential to safe patient care

Observing poor hand hygiene among staff inspired nursing student Shan Moses to step in and introduce new measures to improve patient safety. 
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Observing poor hand hygiene among staff inspired nursing student Shan Moses to step in and introduce new measures to improve patient safety

During a second-year placement on a 25-bed medical ward, I attended a ward round with a medical consultant and his team, to observe how they assessed patients and decided on a care plan. The team was made up of seven staff members, including four junior doctors. They saw about 13 patients on our ward before heading to other wards.

I noticed on several occasions that the medical team did not wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand rub after touching a patient or the surrounding area.

On average, 4% of patients in Wales pick up a healthcare-associated infection during a hospital stay. Cross-transmission of micro-organisms from

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