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Hand Hygiene at Massachusetts General Hospital: Because We Care


This guide, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital, provides information on hand hygiene for health care workers, patients, and visitors. It includes a quiz and is organized into the following sections:
  • Hand hygiene: General information
  • Hand hygiene: The three basic components
  • When should hand hygiene be done?
  • Cal Stat: What is it? How is it used?
  • Handwashing: When and how?
  • Skin health and problems
  • Why is hand hygiene required before contact?
  • Can gloves be used as a substitute?
  • Glove safety: Some of the "Do's"
  • Gloves: Their limitations
  • Glove safety: Some of the "Don'ts"
  • Fingernail policy
  • Hand jewelry
  • Hand hygiene for patients and visitors
  • Hand hygiene product dispensers
  • Clostridium difficile
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  • Release Date: 01/2004
  • Original Summary: 09/2010
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Last updated: November 24, 2010.