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
- Guide to Hand Hygiene Programs for Infection Prevention—Implementation Guide
- Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections through Hand Hygiene—Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (APIC collaborated with SHEA and other organizations on development of this resource)
- How-to guide: Improving hand hygiene—Joint guide with Institute for Healthcare Improvement
- Wash or clean your hands—Infection Prevention and You
- APIC Text (subscription required)
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.
- 2013 International Infection Prevention Week Presents: Global Hand Hygiene—APIC Webinar
- Hand Hygiene Update—APIC Webinar
- Creative Hand Hygiene for Staff, Visitors and Patients—APIC Webinar
- Visit the APIC Annual Conference website to search for education on hand hygiene
Prevention Strategist articles
The following links include articles on hand hygiene from APIC’s Prevention Strategist magazine.
- Improving hand hygiene: State of play and challenges for U.S. hospitals—Spring 2014
- 5 moments for hand hygiene—Winter 2014
- Vital Signs: Protect Patients from Antibiotic Resistance, March 2016—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Hand hygiene in healthcare settings—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Engaging patients and families in hand hygiene—Quality Improvement Organizations
- How to hand wash?—World Health Organization
- Clean care is safer care—World Health Organization
- 5 moments for hand hygiene—World Health Organization
The following links are APIC and external resources on hand hygiene and infection prevention for consumers.
- Clean your hands often—Infection Prevention and You
- Holiday hand hygiene—Monthly alert for consumers
- Handwashing: Clean hands save lives—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Hand hygiene saves lives: Patient admission video—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts—Mayo Clinic
- Hand Hygiene Promotion in Healthcare: Tips for Patients—World Health Organization
- SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands—World Health Organization
- Global Hand Washing—The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap
- Hand Hygiene: Wash Your Hands!—Minnesota Department of Health
- Hand Washing for Teens—The Nemours Foundation