Hand hygiene is the #1 way to prevent the spread of infections.
Do you know?
- Washing your hands, also called hand hygiene, is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infections, including the common cold, flu and even hard-to-treat infections, such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
- In the United States, hospital patients get nearly 2 million infections each year. That’s about one infection per 20 patients!
- You can take action by asking both your healthcare providers and visitors to wash their hands.
- You can partner with your healthcare team to make a difference in your health!
Hand Hygiene Saves Lives
Why? To prevent the spread of germs, take action by practicing hand hygiene regularly and by asking those around you to practice it as well.
When? Clean your hands often, especially after touching objects or surfaces in the hospital room, before eating and after using the restroom. Your healthcare providers should practice hand hygiene every time they enter your room.
How? Take 20 seconds and use either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub to kill the germs that cause infections.
Which? Use soap and water when your hands look dirty; otherwise, you can use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Who? You, your loved ones and your healthcare providers can make a difference by practicing hand hygiene often.
Remember… Infection prevention is in your hands!