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Report Finds One in Four Hospitals Must Improve Hand-Hygiene Practices to Prevent Infections

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Findings from a new report by  The Leapfrog Group, show  nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of hospitals surveyed have not implemented all the safe practices and policies recommended for proper hand hygiene. The results also indicate that while hospitals overall showed improvement in 2014 for hand hygiene, rural hospitals aren’t performing as well as their urban counterparts.

This report is the fifth in a series of six reports examining key quality and safety measures at hospitals nationwide, based on data taken from the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey of 1,501 U.S. hospitals and analyzed by Castlight Health. To view the complete hand-hygiene report and other Leapfrog reports, visit: http://www.leapfroggroup.org/HospitalSurveyReport. Data also is searchable by region and by hospital via the Leapfrog Hospital Survey results.

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