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How-to Guide: Improving Hand Hygiene


This how-to guide helps organizations reduce health care-associated infections, including infections due to antibiotic-resistant organisms, by improving hand hygiene practices and use of gloves among health care workers.

The guide includes:

  • A description of the case for improving hand hygiene and use of gloves among health care workers
  • Recommended evidence-based interventions that will result in improvement
  • How to begin improving hand hygiene compliance in your organization, including establishing a team, setting aims, testing changes, and measuring results
  • Measurement support tools

To download this file and view this tool, users will be prompted to sign up for the free registration offered through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Web site.


Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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  • Release Date: 04/2006
  • Original Summary: 06/2008
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Last updated: April 10, 2013.