"Doctors, nurses (and all allied health professionals) can reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria by practicing simple hand hygiene, accountability should matter... The hospital and its leaders are accountable for establishing a system in which caregivers have the knowledge, competence, time, and tools to practice perfect hygiene. But each caregiver has the duty to perform hand hygiene — perfectly and every time. When this widely accepted, straightforward standard of care is violated, we cannot continue to blame the system."
Ref: System Failure versus Personal Accountability — The Case for Clean Hands Donald Goldmann, M.D. N Engl J Med 2006; 355:121-123 July 13, 2006.
For those needing a refresher in medical hand washing techniques, please see instructions (left)...
Update 16-Apr-13 5:44pm: Many thanks, Deirdre.
NB: Please feel free to download, print and use. Cheers, R