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Hand hygiene

Hand hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce the risk of health care associated infections.   Hand hygiene is the removal or destruction of microorganisms from hands by washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub.  Hand hygiene compliance is defined as hand hygiene that is performed when one of the “4 Moments” occurs:  before patient/environment contact, before aseptic procedures, after body fluid exposure risk and after patient/environment contact by health care providers.

 

Hospitals will post the compliance rate for: 

  • Hand hygiene before initial patient/patient environment contact by combined health care provider type
  • Hand hygiene after patient/patient environment contact by combined health care provider type