Which states' hospitals have the best, worst hand hygiene practices?

Although hospitals in the U.S. have improved hand hygiene overall, the level of adoption of hand hygiene safe practices varies significantly from state to state, according to a new report by The Leapfrog Group.

The recently released 2014 report is based on data taken from the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey of 1,501 U.S. hospitals and analyzed by Castlight Health. It examines how many hospitals meet all 10 of Leapfrog's hand hygiene practices.

To name a few, Leapfrog's practices include having hospitalwide hand hygiene education and training, submitting hand hygiene recommendations and results to the hospital board, holding clinical leadership accountable for compliance and implementing performance improvement programs.

Highlighted below are the states with highest percentage of hospitals meeting all hand hygiene safe practices.

1. Oregon — 100 percent

2. New Jersey — 94 percent

3. Florida — 93 percent

4. Nevada — 93 percent

5. Tennessee — 90 percent

Here are the states with lowest percentage of hospitals meeting all hand hygiene safe practices.

1. Wyoming — 44 percent

2. Wisconsin — 45 percent

3. Arizona — 50 percent

4. New Mexico — 50 percent

5. Missouri — 59 percent



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