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WHO GUIDELINES ON HAND HYGIENE IN HEALTH CARE (ADVANCED DRAFT): A SUMMARY

WHO/EIP/SPO/QPS/05.2

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WHO GUIDELINES ON HAND HYGIENE IN HEALTH CARE (ADVANCED DRAFT): A SUMMARY CLEAN HANDS ARE SAFER HANDS

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care (Avanced Draft): A Summary Foreword �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� 5 Introduction�� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� 7 The problem: health care-associated infections are a major cause of death and disability worldwide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The economic burden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Interventions are available but are not being used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The solution �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� 14 Recommendations �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� 17 1. Indications for handwashing and hand antisepsis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 2. Hand hygiene technique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 3. Recommendations for surgical hand preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 4. Selection and handling of hand hygiene agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 5. Skin care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 6. Use of gloves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 7. Other aspects of hand hygiene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 8. Health-care worker educational training and motivational programmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 9. Governmental and institutional responsibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Benefits of improved hand hygiene �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� 23 Implementation strategies �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� ��...
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