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Videos in clinical medicine. Hand hygiene.

New England Journal of Medicine (Impact Factor: 54.42). 03/2011; 364(13):e24. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm0903599
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ABSTRACT Overview Health-caread associated infections are a threat to patient safety and the most common adverse events resulting from a stay in the hospital. Approximately 5 to 10% of hospitalized patients in the developed world acquire such infections, and the burden of disease is even higher in developing countries. Proper use of hand hygiene is a critical to the prevention of these infections, but compliance among health care workers is most often below 40%. Hand hygiene serves many purposes in the health care setting. It prevents both endogenous and exogenous infections in patients, contamination of the hospital environment with potential pathogens, and cross-transmission of microorganisms between patients. When used in conjunction with the appropriate protective equipment, it also protects health care workers from the hazards of occupational infections.

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