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Importance of Hand Hygiene

Frequent hand hygiene is one of the most important measures that you can take to help control the spread of infections.
Hands should be cleaned:
  • As soon as gloves or other PPE are removed
  • Before and after direct patient contact
  • After using the toilet
  • Before eating or drinking
  • Anytime hands are contaminated
  • Upon completion of required tasks performed in any area not pre-designated as a clean area
  • Before any activities in which hand contact is made with mucous membranes, the eyes, or breaks in the skin (eg, cuts, abrasions, wounds)
  • Before handling an invasive device
  • After contact with inanimate objects in the immediate vicinity of the patient