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Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds. However, if soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product to clean your hands. Alcohol-based hand rubs significantly reduce the number of germs on skin and are fast acting. Clean Hands Save Lives! (Source: CDC)
In 2002, the CDC issued Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings. These hand hygiene guidelines were developed by the CDC's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), in collaboration with the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA).
Regarding dentistry, Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings --- 2003 contains a section about hand hygiene.
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