Thumbs failed in sanitizing

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Clinicians often miss washing fingertips, thumbs and backs of hands.
Clinicians often miss washing fingertips, thumbs and backs of hands.

Healthcare workers applying hand sanitizer miss their thumbs 37% of the time, according to new research.

Investigators at the Infanta Cristina Teaching Hospital in Spain studied more than 700 clinicians by looking at their hands with a UV lamp. They found the study subjects missed fingertips and the back of the hands more than 44% of the time. Palms were sanitized almost all of the time. 

Only 9% of healthcare workers rubbed their hands correctly.

Results of the study were published in August in the American Journal of Infection Control