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Clean hands have never mattered more

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.
  • 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)