By David Mittleman

Vanderbilt University Institutes Simple Hand-washing Policy That Saves Lives

Doctors at Vanderbilt University take handwashing very seriously, and their dedication to this simple practice has cut infections for patients and built an overall culture of safety at the hospital. It all started when Dr. Gerald Hickson, a doctor at Vanderbilt, witnessed his wife’s post-operative care at the hospital after she underwent a double knee replacement surgery. In total, Dr. Hickson counted a total of 92 times where nurses, doctors and other medical professionals failed to wash their hands upon entering the room to attend to his …read more