Audit of soap usage by a primary care teamBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7429.1453 (Published 18 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1453
- Alan Stone, general practitioner1 ([email protected])1
- 1Canna Surgery, Cardiff CF11 9EE
Much discussion has taken place in the medical press recently about the role of handwashing in preventing the transmission of infection in hospital settings. Transmission of infection is also recognised in the primary care setting.1 Semmelweis showed 150 years ago that if doctors performing necropsies washed their hands before delivering babies a reduction in mortality (from 22% to 3%) due to streptococcal puerperal sepsis could be achieved.2 Many studies since have confirmed that doctors washing their hands between patients can reduce the rates of healthcare acquired infection.3 It has become widely accepted that nurses perform better than doctors at this simple measure to prevent cross infection.4 I …
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