Maryland launches physician hand-washing surveillance program

Maryland officials have announced plans to launch a first-of-its-kind physician hand-washing surveillance program, the Associated Press reports.

According to the Associated Press, Maryland state officials said they're creating teams of staff members at hospitals around the state to secretly monitor their colleagues' hand-washing habits as part of a first-of-its-kind program. The monitors will contribute to a systemwide report on hand-washing, using $100,000 in federal stimulus money.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, November 5, 2009)