Hand hygiene is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection in hospitals.
Improved hand hygiene (i.e., hand washing and use of alcohol-based hand rubs) has been shown to terminate outbreaks in health care facilities and to reduce overall infection rates.
Staff monitors hand-washing practices in the adult infusion units at Dana-Farber.
The graph to the left displays data over time for Fiscal Year 2008 (October 2007 through September 2008). This data reflects observations done in three Adult Infusion areas.
Some of the interventions to improve hand hygiene:
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