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Hand hygiene

Nizam Damani

in Manual of Infection Prevention and Control

Third edition

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199698356
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732126 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698356.003.0008
Hand hygiene

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Regular hand hygiene is one of the most crucial interventions to prevent cross-infection in health care facilities. It is the responsibility of health care establishments to ensure that adequate numbers of hand washing facilities and alcohol hand rub products are readily available in all clinical areas. They should be located in areas where there is significant patient contact. This chapter discusses microorganisms on the hands, hand washing using soap and water, hand hygiene using alcohol hand rub, indication and techniques of hand hygiene, hand hygiene compliance, issues related to alcohol-based preparations, skin reactions related to hand hygiene, and hand care.

Keywords: hand washing; hand rub; disinfection; hand care; skin reactions

Chapter.  4480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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