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Infection Prevention in Oral Health

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care

MODULE 2 — Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene Is Key for Prevention

• Is a critical practice for preventing the transmission of pathogens in health care settings.

• Reduces harmful microorganisms in the hands.

 • Compliance with hand hygiene practices is routinely used as a clinical performance indicator in hospital settings.

• Is expected by patients to be performed by all dental health care personnel (DHCP).

The term “hand hygiene” includes both handwashing with either plain soap or antimicrobial soap and use of alcohol-based hand rubs that do not require the use of water.

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