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Hand Hygiene

Why is hand hygiene important in healthcare?


Hand hygiene is a simple and effective way to prevent infections in healthcare settings. Hand hygiene is cleaning your hands by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

 It is one of the best ways to

  • avoid getting sick and
  • prevent the spread germs to others.


Operational Definition


We measure all care providers’ hand hygiene compliance both before and after patient contact in all clinical care settings.