Hand hygiene

Elisabeth Presterl*, Magda Diab-El Schahawi*, Luigi Segagni Lusignani, Helga Paula, Jacqui S. Reilly

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According to many experts, humanity is well on its way to losing the effects of antibiotics. Without effective antibiotics, many infectious diseases will be deadly again in the future. From this point of view, the importance of preventing the transmission of infections and their pathogens must be constantly recalled. Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures in the fight against healthcare-associated infections. Hand hygiene is rapid (30 seconds) and efficient in preventing pathogen transmission. To increase healthcare workers’ hand hygiene compliance training and constant reminders of the correct hand hygiene techniques as well as the “5 moments for hand hygiene” are crucial.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBasic Microbiology and Infection Control for Midwives
EditorsElisabeth Presterl, Magda Diab-El Schahawi, Jacqui S. Reilly
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030020262
ISBN (Print)9783030020255
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • hand hygiene
  • healthcare-associated infection
  • alcohol-based hand rub


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