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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Jul;30(7):611-22. doi: 10.1086/600379.

The World Health Organization Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care and their consensus recommendations.

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Infection Control Program, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland. didier.pittet@hcuge.ch

Abstract

The World Health Organization's Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care have been issued by WHO Patient Safety on 5 May 2009 on the occasion of the launch of the Save Lives: Clean Your Hands initiative. The Guidelines represent the contribution of more than 100 international experts and provide a comprehensive overview of essential aspects of hand hygiene in health care, evidence- and consensus-based recommendations, and lessons learned from testing their Advanced Draft and related implementation tools.

PMID:
19508124
DOI:
10.1086/600379
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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