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The World Health Organization Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care and Their Consensus Recommendations

Didier Pittet , MD, MS, Benedetta Allegranzi , MD, John Boyce , MD and World Health Organization World Alliance for Patient Safety First Global Patient Safety Challenge Core Group of Experts
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 30, No. 7 (July 2009), pp. 611-622
DOI: 10.1086/600379
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/600379
Page Count: 12
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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.

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