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Hand Hygiene

  • Elisabeth PresterlEmail author
  • Magda Diab-El SchahawiEmail author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
  • Helga Paula
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
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Abstract

According to many experts, humanity is well on its way to losing the effects of antibiotics. Without effective antibiotics, many infectious diseases will be deadly again in the future. From this point of view, the importance of preventing the transmission of infections and their pathogens must be constantly recalled. Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures in the fight against healthcare-associated infections. Hand hygiene is rapid (30 seconds) and efficient in preventing pathogen transmission. To increase healthcare workers’ hand hygiene compliance training and constant reminders of the correct hand hygiene techniques as well as the “5 moments for hand hygiene” are crucial.

Keywords

Hand hygiene Healthcare-associated infection Alcohol-based hand rub 

Further Reading

  1. ECDC. Point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals. Surveillance report. Stockholm: European Centers of Disease Control; 2013.Google Scholar
  2. WHO. Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care. First Global Patient Safety Challenge. Clean Care is Safer Care. WHO editor. Word Health Organization; 2009.Google Scholar
  3. WHO. Report on the burden of endemic health care-associated infection worldwide. WHO editor. Geneva: Word Health Organization; 2011.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Presterl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Magda Diab-El Schahawi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luigi Segagni Lusignani
    • 1
  • Helga Paula
    • 1
  • Jacqui S. Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Hygiene and Infection ControlMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK

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