Are Paramedics Ignoring Hand Hygiene?

“Many paramedics ignore hand hygiene rules, study finds”

 A new study looked at hand hygiene practices of paramedics from Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia.  The study was featured in Health Daily News and described concerning variance in compliance of hand hygiene.  While the study didn’t look at paramedics in the United States it does it does raise the question whether hand hygiene practices would fare better in the US. 

Emergency Medical Services is part of the care continuum and responds to emergency and non-emergency calls every day, therefore, creating a culture of safety that includes proper hand hygiene helps to prevent patient harm.    

Read more about hand hygiene for EMS providers in this article from EMS1.com