Overview

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.