Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
- Written by SHEA, HICPAC, APIC, IDSA Hand Hygiene Taskforce
- Sunday, 01 December 2002
This document provides healthcare workers with a review of data regarding handwashing and hand antisepsis in healthcare settings, as well as specific recommendations to promote improved hand‐hygiene practices and reduce transmission of pathogenic microorganisms to patients and personnel. Recommendations concerning related issues (e.g., the use of surgical hand antiseptics, hand lotions or creams, and wearing of artificial fingernails) are also included.