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The Global Handwashing Partnership

Fact Sheet: Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Facilities

August 23, 2017

Good hygiene is critical to ensure that healthcare staff provide quality care, reduce the spread of infections, and protect the health of communities. This fact sheet explores the healthcare-related risks of poor hygiene and the critical elements of hand hygiene needed to improve quality of care and reduce negative outcomes of poor compliance (e.g., healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance) in healthcare facilities, and provides recommendations for improving hygiene in health settings and achieving a safe, clean healthcare environment.

To learn more about improving hand hygiene in healthcare facilities and to browse additional resources, visit our key Healthcare Facilities topics page here.

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