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Hand Hygiene and Personal Protective Equipment

  • Arti Kapil
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Abstract

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are responsible for increase in morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients in developing countries [1]. These infections add to the cost of the already burdened healthcare settings in resource-limited countries, and strategies to control them need to be cost-effective and evidence based. Hand hygiene has been considered as a single most important intervention to reduce preventable HAIs to the resource-poor countries [2]. Hand hygiene has been an important cultural practice in India. Though in ancient times the mode of transmission of disease through hands was not scientifically proven, contaminated hands were associated with unhygienic practices leading to illness. Semmelweiss in the nineteenth century showed that use of clean hands for conducting delivery reduced the maternal mortality rate, which was further evidenced through research that hand antisepsis reduces the transmission of pathogens and the incidence of HAIs [2, 3].

Keywords

Hand Hygiene Personal Protective Equipment Patient Safety Culture Standard Precaution Hand Hygiene Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyAIIMSNew DelhiIndia

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