Hand hygiene

Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection. Everyone—healthcare professionals, patients, residents, families, and volunteers—should clean their hands thoroughly and at appropriate times to prevent the spread of disease. 

The following links are APIC resources on hand hygiene for healthcare professionals.

Implementation guides and tools

Education & training

APIC offers a comprehensive collection of clinical education and professional development programs. The following resources are educational opportunities related to hand hygiene.

Visit the Education & Certification page for more educational opportunities.

Prevention Strategist articles

The following links include articles on hand hygiene from APIC’s Prevention Strategist magazine.

AJIC articles

Search the American Journal of Infection Control website for more articles on hand hygiene. To access these articles, you need to first login to the APIC website.

External resources


The following links are APIC and external resources on hand hygiene and infection prevention for consumers.


External resources