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Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections through Hand Hygiene

  • Katherine Ellingson (a1) (a2), Janet P. Haas (a3) (a2), Allison E. Aiello (a4), Linda Kusek (a5), Lisa L. Maragakis (a6), Russell N. Olmsted (a7), Eli Perencevich (a8) (a9), Philip M. Polgreen (a8), Marin L. Schweizer (a8) (a9), Polly Trexler (a6), Margaret VanAmringe (a5) and Deborah S. Yokoe (a10)...

Previously published guidelines provide comprehensive recommendations for hand hygiene in healthcare facilities. The intent of this document is to highlight practical recommendations in a concise format, update recommendations with the most current scientific evidence, and elucidate topics that warrant clarification or more robust research. Additionally, this document is designed to assist healthcare facilities in implementing hand hygiene adherence improvement programs, including efforts to optimize hand hygiene product use, monitor and report back hand hygiene adherence data, and promote behavior change. This expert guidance document is sponsored by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and is the product of a collaborative effort led by SHEA, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and The Joint Commission, with major contributions from representatives of a number of organizations and societies with content expertise. The list of endorsing and supporting organizations is presented in the introduction to the 2014 updates.

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