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Hand Hygiene: Infection Control/Exposure Control Issues for Oral Healthcare Workers

Géza T. Terézhalmy, DDS, MA; Michaell A. Huber, DDS

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The transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens most often occurs via the contaminated hands of healthcare personnel (HCP).  Accordingly, hand hygiene is one of the most important infection control measures for preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  However, compliance with recommended hand hygiene practices remains low.  Oral healthcare facilities are accountable for establishing a system in which oral HCP have the knowledge, competence, time, and tools to practice hand hygiene; and oral HCP have the duty to perform hand hygiene – perfectly and every time.

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