Hand Hygiene

Author(s):
Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC Director of Infection Prevention & Control

 Westchester Medical Center
New York, NY

Published:
October 3, 2014

Abstract

Hand hygiene is a critical component of patient and employee safety. Effective patient safety and infection prevention and control programs require that healthcare personnel be familiar with hand hygiene recommendations and consistently adhere to them. This chapter provides the reader with information to successfully implement a hand hygiene program in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines,Ref 27-1 Boyce JM, Pittet D. Guideline for hand hygiene in health-care settings. Morbid Mortal Weekly Rev 2002;51(RR1):1-44. - You do not have permission to view this object. the World Health Organization's Clean Care Is Safer Care campaign,Ref 27-2 World Health Organization (WHO). WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care . WHO website. 2006. Available at: www.who.int/patientsafety . - You do not have permission to view this object. and The Joint Commission requirements.Ref 27-3 The Joint Commission. Comprehensive accreditation manual for hospitals: the handbook . Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission Resources, 2... - You do not have permission to view this object.