Hospitals Struggle to Get Workers to Wash Their Hands

How hard can it be to get people to wash their hands? It should be easy to get doctors to wash their hands, right? Well, this New York Times articles, Hospitals Struggle to Get Workers to Wash Their Hands, talks about the lengths that hospitals go through to ensure that doctors wash up (including motion activated cameras).

Hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of disease, but it is often ignored. Infectious disease is one of the themes for next year’s One Book program on World War Z.

This past October, our library welcomed Dr. Emily Landon to campus to talk about ways that the University of Chicago Hospitals work to prevent the spread of disease (including hand washing and other tools). Here’s the video from this lecture:

How Research is Making Healthcare Better: Infection Prevention and Antibiotic Stewardship
Dr. Emily Landon of the University of Chicago Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Program discusses current research in preventing the spread of infection and the stewardship of antibiotics.

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