Hand Hygiene: An Update

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The medical field has long recognized the importance of hand hygiene in preventing health care–associated infections, yet studies indicate that this important task is performed only 40% of the time. Health care workers cite several barriers to optimal performance of hand hygiene, but the time required to perform this task is foremost among them. Introduction of alcohol-based hand rubs, bundled interventions, and incorporation of technologies designed to monitor and promote hand hygiene all represent promising advances in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-607
Number of pages17
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016



  • Alcohol-based hand rub
  • Hand hygiene
  • Handwashing
  • Health care-associated infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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