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2 Out of 3 Medical Students Don’t Know When to Wash Their Hands

It’s cold and flu season, which means you should be washing your hands — a lot. And that rule should apply to health care workers most of all, to protect not just themselves but their patients. Problem is, most doctors are confused about when they’re supposed to hit the sink, a new study of medical students finds.

Researchers at Hannover Medical School in Germany surveyed 85 medical students who were about to enter their clinical training — when they deal with actual patients. The surveys were administered as part of a lecture class that students must pass before initiating patient contact.

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