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a nurse character named Gayle

Patient Admission Video

Hand Hygiene Saves Lives
This video, available in English and Spanish, teaches two key points to hospital patients and visitors to help prevent infections: the importance of practicing hand hygiene while in the hospital, and that it is appropriate to ask or remind their healthcare providers to practice hand hygiene as well.

Materials for Healthcare Personnel

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Podcast: New Frontiers in Hand Hygiene Practices

This podcast is an overview of the Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call, “New Frontiers in Implementation and Measurement of Hand Hygiene Practices.” [4:54]


29" x 19" high quality poster for placing throughout your facility. Shows bugs that can lead to infection and may be found on unclean healthcare worker's hands.

Clean Hands Save Lives

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Web Button

Hand hygiene saves lives

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Copy this code for the "Hand Hygiene saves lives" button:

<a href="" title="Hand hygiene saves lives"><img src="" style="width:150px; height:150px; border:0px;" alt="Hand hygiene saves lives" /></a>
Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework

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Other Resources

Hand Hygiene Resource Center (HHRC)

Hand Hygiene Resource Center (HHRC)
Slide sets and educational aids from the St. Raphael Healthcare System and Dr. John Boyce

Statewide Hand Hygiene Campaigns

  • Maryland
    The Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative campaign is an important statewide initiative to enhance the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in Maryland hospitals. The goal of the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative is to strengthen and compliment the work already being done to improve Hand Hygiene.
  • South Carolina
    The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) launched a statewide hand hygiene initiative in the state’s nearly 100 public and private member hospitals last year called, “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands!” This clean hands campaign is a partnership with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global hand hygiene initiative to reduce healthcare associated infection (HAI).

WHO Hand Hygiene Tools

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WHO Hand Hygiene Tools


  • Ontario's evidence-based hand hygiene program
    Hand hygiene is a responsibility shared among all health care providers. The Just Clean Your Hands program was created to help hospitals and individuals overcome the barriers to proper hand hygiene and improve compliance with hand hygiene best practices.

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