J Korean Med Assoc.  2018 Jan;61(1):13-20. 10.5124/jkma.2018.61.1.13.

Hand hygiene

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hbkimmd@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

Healthcare-associated infections are a major concern in relation to patient safety. Of the numerous interventions for infection control, hand hygiene is the main factor that reduces the transmission of nosocomial pathogens. In this review, we cover the history of hand hygiene, evidence supporting its efficacy, and its importance. Then, we briefly introduce the 2017 hand hygiene guidelines of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Hand hygiene; Healthcare-associated infections; Infection control
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