Clean Hands Count

Clean Hands Save Lives in Healthcare

This World Hand Hygiene Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched “Clean Hands Count,” a new hand hygiene campaign focused on improving adherence to hand hygiene recommendations, dispelling myths and misperceptions about hand hygiene, and empowering patients.

An estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections occur each year in U.S. hospitals. About 75,000 patients with these infections die during their hospital stays. Although hands are known to be a major factor in germ spread in healthcare facilities, studies show that adherence to CDC hand hygiene recommendations remains low among providers, with clinicians on average cleaning their hands less than half of the times they should.

CDC’s new campaign uses dramatic imagery and active messages to catch healthcare providers’ attention, dispel myths about hand hygiene, improve hand hygiene practices, and ultimately stop the spread of dangerous infections.

For more details see the full press release.

Clean Hands Count logo

Clean Hands Count logo (animated)

Clean Hands Count

Clean Hands Count

Clean Hands Count

Clean Hands Count

How to use alcohol based hand sanitizer

When using alcohol–based sanitizers: put product on hands and rub together – cover all surfaces until hands feel dry – this should take around 20 seconds

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Areas Missed Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizers

People often miss certain areas when cleaning their hands using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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Alcohol based sanitizer is more effective

Alcohol based sanitizer is more effective

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Clean Hands Count

Clean Hands Count

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Its Okay to Speak Up

Its Okay to Speak Up

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Protect Yourself Zone

Protect Yourself Zone

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Clean Hands for C. Difficile

Clean Hands for C. Difficile

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Clean Hands Count

Clean Hands Count

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Know How Germs Spread

Know How Germs Spread

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Alcohol Based Sanitizer

Alcohol Based Sanitizer

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Technique Matters When Cleaning Your Hands

Technique Matters When Cleaning Your Hands

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C. Difficile Requires Special Care

C. Difficile Requires Special Care

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Gloves are not Enough

Gloves are not Enough

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Contact Information

CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286
media@cdc.gov

Spokespersons

Arjun Srinivasan, MD – Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

Clifford McDonald, MD – Associate Director of Science, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

Page last reviewed: May 4, 2016