Hand Hygiene

Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC Director of Infection Prevention & Control

 Westchester Medical Center
New York, NY

October 3, 2014


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,1the World Health Organization's Clean Care Is Safer Care campaign,2and The Joint Commission requirements.3