Close X
Get more out of
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.

Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

What Doctors Don't Tell You

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £4.25 an issue!

September 2020 (Vol. 5 Issue 6)

Now, wash your hands (except nurses don’t)
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Now, wash your hands (except nurses don’t) image

It’s something we tell our kids to do, but nurses and care workers in outpatient centres are still not washing their hands, even after they’ve dressed a wound or vaccinated someone. The spread of infections—including life-threatening MRSA bugs and hepatitis—is much more likely as a result, a new report has discovered.

Care staff are failing to wash their hands after around one in in three procedures—and no hygiene practices are used whatsoever in a third of clinics reviewed.

Researchers from the University of New Mexico were astonished by the results as education about the importance of hygiene and hand-washing is constantly reinforced by health regulators and training centres, especially with the emergence of the ‘superbugs’ such as MRSA and the spread of hepatitis B and C.

The researchers carried out random checks on 15 outpatient clinics across New Mexico, and discovered that workers are not washing their hands after around a third of procedures, or following other hygiene requirements, such as using a new needle and syringe after each vaccination. Five of the centres didn’t appear to follow any hygiene procedures at all.

Their observations didn’t tally with the view of the clinics, which claimed they all followed 93 per cent of ‘best practice’ hygiene procedures.


(Source: American Journal of Infection Control, 2016; 44: 374)

You may also be interested in...

Support WDDTY

Help support us to hold the drugs companies, governments and the medical establishment accountable for what they do.


Latest Tweet


Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions..

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

© 2010 - 2020 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved