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Hand Hygiene Toolkit

Hand Hygiene Toolkit                  



Hand hygiene (e.g., handwashing, hand antisepsis, or surgical hand antisepsis) substantially reduces potential pathogens on the hands and is considered the single most critical measure for reducing the risk of transmitting organisms to patients and HCP. Hospital-based studies have demonstrated that noncompliance with hand hygiene practices is associated with health-care--associated infections and the spread of multiresistant organisms. Noncompliance also has been a major contributor to outbreaks. The prevalence of health-care--associated infections decreases as adherence of HCP to recommended hand hygiene measures improves.

Source: CDC

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Regulations & Guidelines                     


(1) Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

(2) Clean Hands Count Campaign

(3) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings --- 2003

(4)  Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care

Spanish Version 


SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - WHO's global annual call to action for health workers


 Hand Hygiene

The Joint Commission Hand hygiene information

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Best Practices                  
Key Learnings

The preferred method for hand hygiene depends on the type of procedure, the degree of contamination, and the desired persistence of antimicrobial action on the skin. For routine dental examinations and nonsurgical procedures, handwashing and hand antisepsis is achieved by using either a plain or antimicrobial soap and water. If the hands are not visibly soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub is adequate.

The purpose of surgical hand antisepsis is to eliminate transient flora and reduce resident flora for the duration of a procedure to prevent introduction of organisms in the operative wound, if gloves become punctured or torn. Skin bacteria can rapidly multiply under surgical gloves if hands are washed with soap that is not antimicrobial. Thus, an antimicrobial soap or alcohol hand rub with persistent activity should be used before surgical procedures.

Source: CDC 

Related Articles

(1) News From MedlinePlus


(1) CDC Division of Oral Health  Frequently Asked Questions - Hand Hygiene

(2) WHO - Frequently asked questions & answers

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Instructional Resources                  

(1) Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care 
(2) Training Resources

(3) Materials for Healthcare Personnel 

(4) Hand Hygiene Interactive Training Course 


(1) Hand Hygiene Saves Lives: Patient Admission Video

(2) Hand hygiene pledge video wins APIC 2014 Film Festival

(3) NEJM - Hand Hygiene


(1) Clean Hands Count

(2) Posters, Fact Sheet, Brochure

Fact Sheets

(1) WHO - Hand Hygiene: Why, How & When?

(2) Clean Hands Count Fact Sheet

(3) APIC - Hand Hygiene for Healthcare Workers

(4) APHA - Hand-washing: What you need to know

(5) Fact Sheets en Español

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Patient Resources               

(1) Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

(2) CDC - Materials for Patients

(3) Clean Hands Count Fact Sheet

(4) Clean Hands Count Brochure

(5) APIC - Materials for Patients

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