Handwashing education materials for healthcare providers

Hand hygiene resources

Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Examples of hand hygiene auditing tools

Handwashing materials for patients

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