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Hand Hygiene

Hospitals are very busy places where people are caring for people, working hard to make them well. Hand hygiene (hand washing) is the single most important thing health care workers can do to prevent infection.


While providing care for you, remind health care providers to wash or sanitize their hands to prevent passing infection to you or themselves. It is okay to remind them, and we encourage you to do so.


For your health, it is important to remember to wash your own hands before you eat, after using the bathroom, bedpan, or commode, and after touching something soiled. It is important for your visitors to follow these instructions, too.


Wash your hands with soap and water for 15 seconds, rinse and dry with a paper towel. It is a good idea to turn off the faucet handle with a paper towel to avoid soiling your hands again.