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Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Setting

Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings - 2002

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Hand hygiene logoPDF icon Guideline with Appendix PDF (494KB/ 56 pages)
Guideline without Appendix
Appendix: Antimicrobial Spectrum and Characteristics of Hand-Hygiene Antiseptic Agents

The 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).

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  • Hand Hygiene Saves Lives
    This video, available in English and Spanish, teaches two key points to hospital patients and visitors to help prevent infections: the importance of practicing hand hygiene while in the hospital, and that it is appropriate to ask or remind their healthcare providers to practice hand hygiene as well.

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