One in Four Hospitals Must Improve Hand5Hygiene Practices to Prevent Infections, Says New Report from The Leapfrog Group

DENVER, CO -­ June 11, 2015 -­ Simple handwashing is the best known way to prevent hospital infections, but one in four hospitals fail to implemented all the safe practices and policies recommended for proper hand hygiene, according to a report released today by nonprofit hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group. The results, as analyzed by Castlight Health, found that while hospitals overall showed improvement in 2014 for hand hygiene, rural hospitals aren’t performing as well as their urban counterparts. Although Colorado hospitals did better, the Colorado Business Group on Health (CBGH) found that of the 35 Colorado hospitals that reported, just 23 are fully compliant with four of those hospitals being classified as rural.

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