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Practical Nursing: Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

Just Say Nosocomial.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "...On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection."

See the following sections on the CDC's Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings, Healthcare Provider page:

  • Introduction to Hand Hygiene--  what is hand hygiene; why practice hand hygiene; two methods for hand hygiene: alcohol-based hand sanitizer vs. washing with soap and water
  • When and How to Perform Hand Hygiene--  when to perform hand hygiene; techniques for using alcohol-based sanitizers; techniques for washing hands with soap and water
  • Glove Use--  when and how to wear gloves
  • Hand Hygiene for Surgery--  surgical hand antisepsis
  • Skin and Nail Care--  methods to maintain hand skin health; fingernail care and jewelry
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