Study finds health care workers and infection controllers are failing to follow protocol

A recent study performed by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Utah has shown a dangerously low level of compliance to infection control protocols in hospitals.

325 observations were made over a 9 month period, which showed 283 offences, including:

  • 102 violations categorised as neglecting to follow interaction protocol. Many were related to failure to wear PPE such as gowns, masks, and gloves
  • 144 Violations categorised as errors in procedure. This included removing gowns in improper sequence, touching gloved hands to ID cards, and using gloves to gather medications
  • 37 Violations categorised as inadvertent behaviours such as using a gloved hand to touch one's face
Grahame White