PDI Hand Hygiene Report

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Hand Hygiene and Environmental Hygiene: Experts Debate Their Importance

Report Summary

Hand hygiene and environmental hygiene are two key components of an infection prevention and control program but there is some debate as to whether one strategy may be more effective than the other at curbing and/or eliminating healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). A point/counterpoint discussion on this topic was featured in May 2013 at the spring conference of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) as part of a special educational track addressing "Advancing Healthcare Epidemiology and the Role of the Environment."

Editor's Take

Hand hygiene and environmental hygiene are both cornerstones of an effective infection prevention and control program and while experts may debate their importance in the transmission of disease, it's vital to incorporate both interventions as strategies to control and eradicate healthcare-acquired infections.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Expert Michael Edmond explored the effectiveness of hand hygiene to fight HAIs
  • Expert Deverick Anderson explored the effectiveness of environmental disinfection to fight HAIs
  • Both experts in this point/counterpoint presentation acknowledge the importance of incorporating both interventions