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What is hand hygiene?

Effective hand hygiene is the single most important strategy in preventing healthcare associated infections.

Hand hygiene is a general term applying to the use of soap/solution (non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial) and water, or a waterless antimicrobial agent to the surface of the hands.

Our step-by-step "how-to" hand wash and hand rub guides will show you how to correctly perform hand hygiene using hand rub or soap and water.

When performed correctly, hand hygiene results in a reduction of microorganisms on hands, helping to reduce the risk that infectious organisms will be spread between patients on the hands of healthcare workers.