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Cost Implications of Successful Hand Hygiene Promotion

Didier Pittet , MD, MS, Hugo Sax , MD, Stéphane Hugonnet , MD, MS and Stephan Harbarth , MD, MS
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 25, No. 3 (March 2004), pp. 264-266
DOI: 10.1086/502389
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/502389
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

ABSTRACT We evaluated the costs associated with a sustained and successful campaign for hand hygiene promotion that emphasized alcohol‐based handrubs. The total cost of the hand hygiene promotion corresponded to less than 1% of the costs associated with nosocomial infections. Successful hand hygiene promotion is probably cost‐saving.

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