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Issue Summary

Hand hygiene is touted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the No. 1 way to fight healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) but it should be incorporated into a bundle of interventions that also includes environmental hygiene, surveillance, antimicrobial steward-ship and other elements of a multi-modal approach to infection prevention and control. We present the basics of hand hygiene as a refresher for all healthcare workers and to help review one of the essentials of HAI prevention.

This Pulse explains the basics of hand hygiene, including how to wash, when to wash, glove use, surgical hand antisepsis, and best-practice recommendations from the guidelines.

Table of Contents

  • How to Wash and Sanitize Hands
  • When to Wash and Sanitize Hands
  • Glove Use
  • Surgical Hand Antisepsis