Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene relates to the removal of visible soil and the removal or killing of transient microorganisms from the hands. Hand hygiene may be accomplished using an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and running water. This page has information and resources related to hand hygiene.

Best Practices for Hand Hygiene in All Health Care Settings, 4th edition

This document was developed to provide best practices for the performance of hand hygiene in health care settings across the continuum of care. This includes, but is not limited to, acute care, complex continuing care, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care homes, chronic care, pre-hospital care and home health care.

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Updated 19 Dec 2023