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Nursing2015

December 2005, Volume 35 Number 12 , p 35 - 35 [FREE]

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Researchers who spied on people washing their hands in public restrooms found that 25% of men left the restroom without washing, compared with 10% of women. The study, conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Society for Microbiology and The Soap and Detergent Association, checked up on more than 6,300 people using public restrooms. Overall, 83% washed their hands. Interestingly, in a recent telephone survey of over 1,000 adults also conducted by Harris Interactive, 97% of women and 96% of men claimed that they always or usually wash their hands after using a public restroom.

 

With cold and flu season upon us, remind patients that frequent hand washing is an easy, cheap, and effective defense against respiratory infections.

Researchers who spied on people washing their hands in public restrooms found that 25% of men left the restroom without washing, compared with 10% of women. The study, conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Society for Microbiology and The Soap and Detergent Association, checked up on more than 6,300 people using public restrooms. Overall, 83% washed their hands. Interestingly, in a recent telephone survey of over 1,000 adults also conducted by Harris Interactive, 97% of women and 96% of men claimed that they always or usually wash their hands after using a public restroom.

With cold and flu season upon us, remind patients that frequent hand washing is an easy, cheap, and effective defense against respiratory infections.