Semmelweis, hand hygiene and changing behaviour

Semmelweis, hand hygiene and changing behaviour

Author: The Health Foundation

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In this short video, Professor Mary Dixon-Woods tells the story of Ignaz Semmelweiss, a Hungarian physician whose strident efforts in the 1800s to get physicians to comply with hand hygiene eventually saw him hounded out of the hospital where he was working.

Mary links this story with the challenges that still exist around changing the behaviours of clinicians in the health service.

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