Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospitals: time for a culture change

Keith V Woollard
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01515.x
Published online: 7 January 2008

To the Editor: The recent editorial by Collignon and colleagues emphasised the importance of infection control mechanisms in reducing patient harm from antibiotic-resistant organisms.1 It focused on disinfection of the hands of health care workers in hospitals. However, a vigorous education and surveillance program in a hospital in Victoria failed to achieve compliance among health care workers of even 50%.2 Top of the list of self-reported factors leading to poor compliance is “skin irritation and dryness associated with the use of hand hygiene agents”.3

  • Keith V Woollard

  • Murdoch Medical Centre, Perth, WA.


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