Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.
CDC is aware that FDA has issued a proposed rule to address data gaps for certain active ingredients in healthcare antiseptics. Healthcare workers should continue to use healthcare antiseptic products currently recommended in professional and national guidelines including CDC infection control guidelines and consistent with facility policy. For additional information, please see:
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