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Hand hygiene: Practice it in healthcare settings

Germs can spread quickly. Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections in healthcare settings.

What is hand hygiene?

Hand hygiene means cleaning your hands by washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to disinfect your hands. It is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and prevent spreading germs to others.

VIDEO: How to wash your hands

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Baby being examined by nurse

Everyone in a healthcare setting should wash their hands.

Did you know?

Hand hygiene benefits everyone!

It is important that both clients and workers in healthcare settings wash their hands to ensure the health and well-being of one another. Together, we can reduce the spread of germs that can make us sick. 

It's OK to ask your provider to wash their hands in front of you before an exam.

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