HOSPITAL CARE, PUBLIC HEALTH
Definition A self-explanatory term for digitocarpal ablution.
Hand washing is a simple technique that remains the single most effective method for reducing nosocomial infections and transmission of pathogens from one patient to another in the hospital environment, reducing the spread of diarrhoea and respiratory infections. Despite its usefulness and simplicity, there is poor compliance with handwashing protocols, especially in ICUs. In UK healthcare, handwashing is taken quite seriously.