Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

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 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection.

Fire Safety and Alcohol-Based Hand Santitizer

Considerations for bulk ABHS dispensers.

Clean Hands Count Campaign

Materials to promote hand hygiene

Healthcare Antiseptics

CDC is aware that FDA has issued a proposed rule to address data gaps for certain active ingredients in healthcare antisepticsExternalexternal icon. 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:

FDA Q&A for Health Care Professionals: Health Care Antisepticsexternal icon