Thumbs failed in sanitizing

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