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.
CDC Media Relations
- Press Release: Clean Hands Count
- CDC Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings Website
- CDC Clean Hands Count Campaign Website
- Clean Hands Count Campaign Materials For Healthcare Providers:
- Clean Hands Count Campaign Materials For Patients and Visitors:
- CDC Clostridium difficile Infection Website
- CDC Healthcare-Associated Infections Website
- Spokesperson: Arjun Srinivasan, MD
- Spokesperson: Clifford McDonald, MD
- 5 Tips for Patients
- Hand Hygiene Saves Lives—Long Version (English captioned video)Cdc-media
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- Healthcare-Associated Infections in the United States (2014)