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Hand Hygiene Fact Sheets

The Need for Better Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

If Healthcare Provider Hands Could Talk

Proper Hand Hygiene Technique in Healthcare

Hand, Skin and Nail Care for Healthcare Providers

Patient and Family FAQs

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Proper Hand Hygiene Technique in Healthcare

Why?   

  • Healthcare-associated infections, or infections acquired in healthcare settings, are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery worldwide.1  
  • Hands are the most common means of microbial spread in healthcare. 2 
  • Optimal hand hygiene is one of the most effective measures to reduce the occurrence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).   

When?

There are some key moments for hand hygiene: 

  1. Before patient/patient environment contact   
  2. Before aseptic procedure   
  3. After body fluid exposure risk   
  4. After patient/patient environment contact   

Where?   

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that hand hygiene should be performed at the point of care.   

How?   

For more information, go to:   

1 World Health Organization (WHO). n.d. Healthcare-Associated Infections Fact Sheet. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
2 WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Updated 2009)