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Hand hygiene contributes significantly to keeping patients safe.  

It is a simple, low-cost strategy to prevent the spread of many of the microbes that cause healthcare associated infections (HCAIs).  While hand hygiene is not the only measure to counter HCAIs, it can dramatically enhance patient safety.

Improving the hand hygiene of healthcare staff is one of the most effective ways of preventing and reducing the spread of HCAIs.

Our hands may look clean, but many germs may be still present which could transmit disease. Alcohol Based Hand Rub (ABHR) is effective against many types of bacteria and viruses, which are invisible to the naked eye.

To offer the best protection to everyone we recommend that you use the ABHR regularly whilst in a hospital.

 Hand Hygiene Information Brochure  for hospital care (reviewed June 2011)

 Hand Hygiene Information Brochure for non hospital care (reviewed August 2011)

 Hand Hygiene Information Brochure for child care (revised July 2012)