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See one, do one, teach one: Hand hygiene attitudes among medical students, interns, and faculty

  • Marc A. Polacco
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    Address correspondence to Heather Schacht Reisinger, PhD, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.
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    Program in Bioethics and Humanities, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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  • Laura Shinkunas
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    Program in Bioethics and Humanities, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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  • Eli N. Perencevich
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    Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

    Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Iowa City, IA
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  • Lauris C. Kaldjian
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    Program in Bioethics and Humanities, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

    Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
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  • Heather Schacht Reisinger
    Affiliations
    Program in Bioethics and Humanities, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

    Department of Internal Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

    Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Iowa City, IA
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      An anonymous, online survey of medical students, interns, and faculty at a university hospital was conducted in 2013 to examine self-reported adherence to hand hygiene opportunities. Variation in self-reported adherence ranged from frequencies of 60%-100%. Such variation suggests the need to direct education toward hand hygiene opportunities with lower reported rates of adherence, especially toward those opportunities that are difficult to monitor.

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