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Proper Hand Hygiene Technique in Healthcare


  • Healthcare-associated infections, or infections acquired in healthcare settings, are the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery worldwide.1  
  • Hands are the most common means of microbial spread in healthcare. 2 
  • Optimal hand hygiene is one of the most effective measures to reduce the occurrence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).   


There are some key moments for hand hygiene: 

  1. Before patient/patient environment contact   
  2. Before aseptic procedure   
  3. After body fluid exposure risk   
  4. After patient/patient environment contact   


  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that hand hygiene should be performed at the point of care.   


For more information, go to:   

1 World Health Organization (WHO). n.d. Healthcare-Associated Infections Fact Sheet. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
2 WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Updated 2009)