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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.

Percent hand hygiene observations compliant graph for 2021-2023.