Journal article

Back to basics: hand hygiene and isolation

G Khai Lin Huang, Andrew J Stewardson, M Lindsay Grayson

Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2014


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hand hygiene and isolation are basic, but very effective, means of preventing the spread of pathogens in healthcare. Although the principle may be straightforward, this review highlights some of the controversies regarding the implementation and efficacy of these interventions. RECENT FINDINGS: Hand hygiene compliance is an accepted measure of quality and safety in many countries. The evidence for the efficacy of hand hygiene in directly reducing rates of hospital-acquired infections has strengthened in recent years, particularly in terms of reduced rates of staphylococcal sepsis. Defining the key components of effective implementation strategies and the ideal method(s) of..

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