Efficacy versus effectiveness
Take a moment to check out this video from today's NY Times.
If a hand hygiene method demonstrates marginally better reduction in bacterial counts on hands, but is also more complicated and takes longer to complete, should it become the standard?
Related question: does the difference in log10 bacterial counts between 2.58 CFU/ml and 2.88 CFU/ml translate into a greater risk for pathogen transmission in healthcare settings?
I’ll let you ponder the above questions, as I don’t have the answers. One thing I do know: when a hand hygiene paper in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology is being covered by the NY Times, we’re winning!
I’ll let Eli and Mike comment on how many of the people depicted in the video are bare below the elbows!