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Hand Hygiene Compliance

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Why It Matters

Practicing proper hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), a significant cause of patient harm. A study published in JAMA in fall 2013 estimated that 441,000 health care-associated infections occur among hospitalized adults in the U.S. every year.

What We Are Striving For

Whether you are a caregiver on the front lines in a clinical unit, an administrative assistant in an office setting or a nutrition services staff member who delivers meals to patients, every employee of Johns Hopkins Medicine must practice good hand hygiene to protect our patients, visitors, colleagues and friends.

What You Can Do

To learn about efforts to improve hand hygiene among Johns Hopkins Medicine employees, please visit the Hopkins Hands web site.

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