Hand Hygiene Saves Lives

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hand_washingHand Hygiene is the #1 way to prevent the spread of infections.

Why?
You can take action by practicing hand hygiene regularly and by asking those around you to practice it as well.
When?
You and your loved ones should clean your hands very often, especially after touching objects or surfaces in the hospital room, before eating, and after using the restroom.Your healthcare provider should practice hand hygiene every time they enter your room.
How?
It only takes 15 seconds of using either soap and water or an alcoholbased hand rub to kill the germs that cause infections.
Which?
Use soap and water when your hands look dirty; otherwise, you can use an alcoholbased hand rub.
Who?
You, your loved ones, and your healthcare providers should practice hand hygiene.

Hand Hygiene -- A Patient's Guide Brochure (pdf format)

Courtesy of CDC Foundation and Kimberly-Clark Corporation

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