Journal Article

An evaluation of hand hygiene in an intensive care unit: are visitors a potential vector for pathogens?

Birnbach DJ; Rosen LF; Fitzpatrick M; Arheart KL; Munoz-Price LS.

Major efforts have focused on improving hospital employee hand hygiene as a way to decrease the spread of disease to hospitalized patients. This observational study found more than 60% of visitors to an intensive care unit did not disinfect their hands prior to entering a patient's room, with some carrying bacteria that could be dangerous for critically ill patients.