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A survey of hand hygiene practices on a residential college campus.

Upper respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal tract infections are the cause of a significant level of illness on college campuses. However, preventative measures such as handwashing and hand sanitation are often not well-supported, understood, or practiced on campus. A confidential, self-administered on-line survey was performed during April-May 2006. Nine hundred and ninety-four participants completed the survey. Of these, 49% were undergraduates, 30% were graduates, and 34% lived in residence halls on campus. The results show the need for hand hygiene education targeted at students. Finally, we strongly recommend that college authorities provide soap and a means of hand drying in all residential bathrooms. American Journal of Infection Control 2007; 35(10) 694-6.

Author: Scott E, Vanick K

Published: 01/01/2007

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: American Journal of Infection Control.